It's the Tuesday after Labor Day, and you're probably very bummed to be at work. You'd think after a long weekend of beaching, or boozing, or vegging, or all of the above you'd feel refreshed, ready for the short week ahead. But, no: Today stinks. Don't worry, though: according to science, your depression makes perfect sense. You have what The Wall Street Journal's Melinda Beck describes as "Post Vacation Syndrome, characterized by a combination of irritability, anxiety, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, and a feeling of emptiness that lasts up to a few weeks after returning to work." This diagnosis might lift your spirits, in a few weeks you'll pull yourself out of the doldrums, back to normal. But, don't get too excited, because unfortunately it looks like there's an unpleasant mood for every season.
Obviously Post-Vacation Syndrome applies to any and all vacations, meaning you should plan on a slump not only after any long weekend, but after longer breaks, too. You might think the tease of a three-day weekend has something to do with your mood: Maybe the long Labor Day weekend wasn't enough? Nope. Longer vacations don't do squat, reports MSNBC. "Interestingly, a longer trip will not prolong your post-holiday happiness. Research has not found that the amount of time you spend on vacation has a significant effect on your spirits afterward." Remember Christmas week and spring break? Not going to make you any happier.