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Singles and Dating: Depression and Loneliness in the Winter

Winter has come and I can’t help but notice a trend that repeats each year. In the less warm months, many younger people begin feverishly looking for “the one.” There seems to be the hope among single individuals that it is important to find someone to spend the cold, depressing winter months with while dealing with loneliness.

A study advised that being physically cold leads to a pining for psychological warmth. Volunteers were shown a love film in a cold setting. The warmer volunteers became, the less lonely they felt. As a consultant, I note many times that my clients enter relations in November or December under false hope, only to have the relationship end as fast as the spring heat hits the air.

Not only do I see this trend in my counseling sessions, I also see it in my group of pals. For instance, I had just went to the hair salon and my stylist’s telephone rang many times while I was sitting in her chair. With a deep sigh, she announced that she had been getting phone calls from exes or past flings for a couple of weeks. She rapidly decided that these were just fellows looking for someone to help their isolation and to keep them warm on these cold nights.

Studies are telling use we are more prone to loneliness and depression when we are cold. It looks to follow that it might be sensible to think a touch more before making decisions about entering into a relationship when we are cold. Put simply, when you’re cold, maybe you should not go home with that guy from the bar or cling to the casual relationship with the man you “kinda” like but do not truly see a future with.

As we enter the New Year, resolve to make better choices this winter so you aren’t spending spring recovering from a winter fling.

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