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Tips to combat the Winter Blues

Dr. Ramanpreet Toor, a psychiatrist at University of Washington, talks about how to recognize SAD and what to do about it

SEATTLE — It's no secret that winter can be a brutal time to live in the Pacific Northwest. Shorter days and almost constant overcast are enough to bring your mood down, but at what point is it unhealthy? 

Most people experience what Dr. Ramanpreet Toor calls 'seasonality', when you feel sleepier, want to eat more, and stay at home. Seasonality is different from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which should only be diagnosed by your doctor, who can recommend a treatment plan. 

Tips to deal with seasonality

  • Exercise outside or in a bright room
  • Maintain your sleep schedule
  • Keep variety in your diet
  • Don't ditch your friends
  • Brighten up your indoor space

Segment Producer Derek Haas. Watch New Day Northwest 11 AM weekdays on KING 5 and streaming live on KING5.comContact New Day      

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