The Patriot’s Guide to Going Back to Work After 4th of July weekend

As Maureen McGovern would say, “There’s got to be a morning after”. The Monday after Independence Day weekend can be rough… even rougher if you spent most of your weekend in the hospital for some form of Roman candle related injury… trust me. Here are a few tips to help you get through, the American way.

1. Make a to-do list the night before

Making a to-do list helps mentally prepare us for what will undoubtedly be the hardest Monday we will experience all summer long. Be sure to make boxes next to each task, and check things off as you accomplish them. Make the first item on the list something as elementarily simple as making your bed or even just getting out of it, so you start the day with one thing checked off the list. This will most likely make you beam with American pride… or at least make you feel slightly more productive (Hey, there slackers all over America calling in sick at this very moment, give yourself a pat on the back).

2. Set multiple alarms

Getting out of bed on any Monday can be a challenge, but today it feels sort of like this challenge escalated from third-grade soccer team  to the World Cup level. And today you most likely won’t even get a participation ribbon…

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3. Add some green to your red, white and blue

Okay, so this Monday morning consists of a lot more blues than reds and whites. You’re tired, cranky, and just want to go back to bed, sleep until noon, and get back to your literal American dreams. Green tea will provide you with some caffeine (usually without the crash later), has been proven to increase brain functioning, and will give your body the boost it needs for the day by increasing your metabolic rate.

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4. Smile

Remember when that annoying, red-headed orphan sang “You’re never fully dressed with out a smile” at us until we never wanted to show emotion again? As aggravatingly peppy as Annie may have been, she was definitely onto something. The more you smile, the more you’ll trick yourself into believing that you’re actually having an A-okay day. Annoy your co-workers with your childish grin, and maybe the sun will come out tomorrow… Actually, it’s July. The sun’s probably already out. Smile about that. 🙂

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Molly is a small-town girl with great-big dreams. As a sophomore Magazine Journalism and Creative Writing major at Drake University, her dream is to write for a nationally acclaimed magazine and travel the globe as much as possible. She is currently an editorial intern for The Valley News, and is beyond thrilled to be joining the Sarah Scoop team. In her spare time, Molly enjoys running (as far as possible), reading trashy romance novels, riding horses with her friends, cow-tipping, and binge-watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reruns. Fashion, hair-care, and listicals are the three things she knows best, and she considers herself a Ben & Jerry's prodigy, considering she always has the scoop.
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