刚刚结束暑假的学生和从度假地归来的职场人士，面对新一轮的学习任务和堆积如山的工作，难免都有些小抑郁。不想学习、不想工作、甚至不想和人说话？你需要的不是更多时间，而是正确的回归模式……Photo by Matese Fields on Unsplash
Dreaming at your desk about your recent vacation? Having trouble concentrating? Feeling depressed and wishing you were anywhere but at work? You are not alone.
This crankiness about the first day back to work is perfectly normal according to Dr. Angelos Halaris, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University in Illinois.
"The stark contrast of the joy and freedom of family and friend time with the drudgery of answering a zillion work emails, can be hard on your emotional well-being," he said.
It's not just adults, either. A 2017 study found adolescent depression, anxiety and feelings about everyday hassles appeared to be tied to the end and beginning of school-vacation cycles.
Halaris said it's not unusual for people to react badly to their return to work for the first couple of weeks.
"There is a real sense of loss that comes with this transition period that makes us all a little sad," Halaris said.
Book another vacation -- even if it's a mini-vacation. Experts say having something to look forward to can ease the bite of the back to work blues.
Ease back into work. "Don't jump into the cold water, you'll have a heart attack. Ease your way back into your routine," Halaris said. Set small goals to feel a sense of accomplishment.
"If you ease into this with full awareness, rather than trying to plan a ton and hope to get it all done in the next 24 hours, it helps."
You can also try to add some variety into your worklife. If you're always stuck at your desk, set a timer and take a brisk walk or try to fit in a workout.
Don't dwell. Know that something you enjoyed has come to an end, but make peace with it and know it will come back again. Resist feeling sorry for yourself.
"Self talk and being optimistic is important," Halaris said. Look at kitten pictures online if you need a little lift.
哈拉里斯说：“自我鼓劲和乐观精神很重要。”如果你需要给自己打打气，你可以在网上看看小猫的照片。Photo by Jari Hytönen on Unsplash
Take advantage of the break in your routine and start new office habits. Even if it is something small like being friendlier to random co-workers or getting up to walk away from your desk once an hour, it helps.
And do connect. People who are blue tend toward withdrawal.
"Push yourself to interact even if you don't feel like it," Hillard said. Company helps avoid misery.
"Prescribe yourself an evening out with relatives or friends in the upcoming weeks," Halaris said.
"Without, of course, being drunk or overeating or staying up too late to start the cycle over again. It can help you be mindful that while the holidays are over, yes, but you can have fun again soon."