As the days continue to be short and cold, it can often be a struggle to stay motivated and positive during the winter months. With Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) affecting 1 in 5 Americans and 18% of Canadians at some stage in their life, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and how to combat them. S.A.D is often categorized by symptoms of fatigue, lack of focus, sadness, anxiety, depression, weight gain, headaches, irritability, social withdrawal and a change in appetite. Symptoms typically occur between October and April, and scientists believe that they are linked to a decrease in exposure to sunlight and ones internal clock, which affects hormones and one’s internal temperature. S.A.D symptoms vary greatly in severity, yet even if they are only mildly affecting you, there are ways to improve your overall feelings of well-being with a few changes. If this winter has got you feeling down, try these 6 ways to beat the winter blues.