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How your home can help you deal with the winter blues

Homeownership winter blues

For homeowners in the Midwest, the winter often brings low temperatures, strong storms and less sunlight. As the days grow shorter, people tend to slow down and feel less energetic. However, for some homeowners this can be a much more serious issue, resulting in seasonal affective disorder, which is commonly known as seasonal depression.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®' Houselogic website, seasonal affective disorder is the result of a biological urge to hibernate, and symptoms often include low energy, oversleeping, poor concentration, irritability, avoidance of social situations and over eating.

However, boosting the amount of sunshine that gets into your home can help you feel a bit better by giving you your daily dose of vitamin D.

The simplest thing you can do is open your window curtains and blinds and let the sun shine in. But if you need to get more sunshine into your home, consider trimming tree branches and shrubs that may be blocking out the light. In addition to letting more light in, the trimmed trees and shrubs will also boost your curb appeal.

If you're serious about increasing your home's natural sunlight, a skylight can let in up to 30 percent more light than a regular window, according to Houselogic. You could also consider adding a new window or replace an existing window with a bay window.

If you have a solid front door, consider replacing with a partial-glass door to brighten up your entryway.

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