Carefree days at the beach, warm evenings outside with friends, and family vacations are a few of the joys of summer. It’s a time when we recharge and are reminded of what is truly important in life. Yet with Labor Day behind us, the season is quickly coming to a close.
Some people begin to feel an end-of-summer melancholy this time of year.
While families are consumed with the back-to-school frenzy, the transition back to work can also be particularly stressful as pressures mount at the office.
Researchers call this end-of-summer funk Post Vacation Syndrome (PVS). It can stir up a unique range of emotions, including irritability, anxiety, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating and a feeling of emptiness. While it usually lasts only a few days or weeks, some people experience a mild version of PVS every Sunday night after a relaxing weekend away from the office.