The 6 indicators you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and how to deal with it as winter approaches.

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IT’S getting darker earlier and your summer wardrobe has finally retired – with fluffy jumpers making a comeback.

For many people the winter months can be tough to contend with, with some suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The NHS says that SAD is also known as the ‘winter depression’, this is because symptoms are usually more obvious during the winter months.

It’s a type of depression and for those heavily impacted by the condition – it can have a severe affect on your day-to-day activities.

While the exact cause of SAD isn’t clear, experts say it could be down to a lack of sunlight during the winter months.

This is because a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the hypothalamus from working properly.

This is know to affect the body’s production of melatonin, which is a hormone that makes you feel sleepy.

It could also impact serotonin levels – which impact your mood, appetite and sleep, as well as the body’s internal body clock.

Data analysts at StressNoMore found 22,200 Google searches for SAD in October, a dramatic increase from 4,400 in August.

Some cases of the condition can be a result of a person’s genes but this is rare.

If you think you have SAD then you should see your GP, here are the main symptoms of the condition.

This is likely to be down to a lack of serotonin which is linked to your mood.

A lack of sunlight can also lead to low levels of serotonin.

If you can’t be bothered doing the things you would usually enjoy such as reading, exercise and watching TV then you could have SAD.

Harry Roberts at My Favourite Cottages said planning things to look forward to could help.

He said: “There’s nothing like the feeling of going on holiday, wherever that may be.

“Our researchers recently discovered a sharp increase in interest for ‘winter holidays’ at the end of September as the temperature started to decline.

“That’s hardly surprising when studies have found taking a holiday promotes life satisfaction, improves our physical health, reduce stress, improves productivity and can even be more beneficial than relaxation techniques such as meditating.”

He added that spending time with your family and friends, away from the stresses of reality could help.

“A short trip away this winter will leave you feeling re-energized, more productive and help you disassociate cold and darker days with negative feelings”, he added.

If things are getting to you a little more than usual then this could be a sign of SAD.

Experts at B-Well CBD said there are things you can do to help this feeling.

They explained: “Research has shown that Vitamin… Brinkwire Brief News.

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