As I was watching the news and struggling to get up this morning, I caught a brief story about a very serious condition that is affecting many Americans: post vacation syndrome or PVS. The reporter said that while this isn’t a medically recognized affliction, psychologists are seeing it more and more.
The signs include depression, lethargy and over-eating. It typically hits this time of year, after Labor Day, when we mark the end of summer.
The psychologist who was interviewed recommended that if you experience this, you should try exercising, scheduling breaks like movie or game nights or even taking a few days off. (Or, in my opinion, you could move to Europe or Australia and enjoy annual leaves like my colleagues.)
I can sympathize with anyone who experiences post vacation syndrome, especially because I just from a long weekend at the ocean. It is never easy getting back into the swing of things, like school, managing things around the house, going to work— all those day-in and day-out activities.
So take care of yourself—end the day a little early or have another day off. And remember, if you need to ease back into your work life, audio conference calls work just fine from the beach or your bed.