Back to work blues are real and treatable

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(CNN) -- Coming back to work after a holiday weekend may seem very difficult—and as CNN reports, folks dragging on a Monday back in the office aren't alone.

Doctors haven't officially come up with a name for the phenomenon, but social media users have come up with hashtags for the feeling, including #backtoworkblues.

Dr. Angelos Halaris told CNN feeling cranky when you're back at work is perfectly normal.

"There is probably more than one good reason for this," Halaris said. "It's more than likely during the 10 to 14 days of the holiday season with Christmas and New Year's we tend to go overboard even in the best sense—overeating, overdrinking and not sleeping enough—that all sets the stage for the post-holiday crash."

The overindulgence can put stress on your body, combining with the contrasting feelings of joy and drudgery to make you feel down in the dumps.

"For many, the holiday season is like a dream world and hopefully people have had a good dream, but it is like a dream that ceases literally overnight," Halaris said. "There is a real sense of loss that comes with this transition period that makes us all a little sad."

Doctors also said the feeling of coming back to work may be made more difficult by unrealistic expectations people set for their holidays off.

"We see this in study after study. People tend to have high hopes coming into Christmas thinking time with their family will be like the Waltons, or thinking Santa will bring us all that we want, but it never totally works out that way even if it was a really good holiday," Dr. Randy Hillard said. "That can leave you feeling let down, too. We see this every year with a lot more calls to the crisis line, a higher number of deaths and there are even studies that show the letters to 'Dear Abby' sound much more depressed after the holiday."

Another aspect of the post-holiday blues has to do with the weather. Winter has less sunlight, and Seasonal Affective Disorder can particularly affect people that may have traveled to a place with more sunlight before coming back to work.

So, how do you turn that back-to-work frown upside-down?

"Treat all colleagues like they are insane for the next couple of weeks, it works with family members, too," Hillard said. He added that most of your coworkers may feel like they're in the same sinking boat as you do.

Doctors also recommended easing 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. He recommended setting small goals to increase your 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," Halaris said.

Other tips included not dwelling on negatives and focusing on positives in the workplace; taking advantage of your break to start new office habits; connecting with coworkers; and bringing the elements of what you liked about vacation to work.