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Think back to the first light dusting. The tops of the treetops glistened with white powder, the ground covered in a plush, blanket of unspoiled snow. You may have rushed outside to build a snowman or simply watched the fall from the warmth of your home.

It’s hard to believe, but winter isn’t even halfway over. When the joy of a first snowfall has melted into the dread of going outside, you may be experiencing the winter blues. For some it manifests in a mild lethargy, while others experience a clinical mood disorder known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Whatever end of the spectrum you fall on, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to help ease the depression of the dark winter days, though if you are experience ongoing effects, it’s best to seek professional help.

Read on for some ideas on how to ease your winter blues.