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31 Days Unplugged – Day 11 – The Witching Hour

10 Mar

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We have made so much progress over the last week-and-a-half!  I hope that, like me, you are finding it easier to go through the day without the distraction of social media, games, etc.

There is one particular time of day I would like to address, a time that I have always referred to as the witching hour. After talking with other stay-at-home-moms, I know that this is a problem for most of us.  I am sure that for those of you who work outside of the home, you also have this struggle. I know I did when I was teaching.

The witching hour is the hour or two in the afternoon that is simply difficult to get through.  I get tired and sluggish, easily bored, and just can’t focus on anything well.  You know, when you feel like this:

Need a nap, anyone?

Need a nap, anyone?

For me, this usually occurs anytime from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon.

It is during this time that I would usually zone out on my phone or computer.  The kids are napping or resting, and what should be a productive time for me turns into a wasted time period.

Now that we aren’t turning to our electronic devices for entertainment, how can we get through the witching hour and make better use of our time?

Here are some suggestions.  These are things that I have found helpful as a stay-at-home mom.  They will have to be tailored according to your circumstances:

1.  Get outside.  Play tag or kickball, go for a walk, or work in the garden.  The kids and I love riding our golf cart around the yard (I’m sure people think we’re crazy.)!

2.  Do something easy on your to-do list.  This will make you feel accomplished and make you want to continue on.

3.  Take a quick nap.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Cuddle with the kids. (But be careful-I know that if I nap for more than 15-20 minutes, it messes up my sleep that night.)

4.  Do some stretches.  I love doing this short yoga video that I posted on Saturday.

5.  Have some fun with the kids.  If you have more than one child, this can be valuable one-on-one time if some are napping and others aren’t.  Get out the play-dough or bake something simple.  *I know for me, the witching hour is not a good time to read books or put together puzzles or try to teach the kids something-I just don’t have enough energy or patience!*

The kids and I made some cheerios bars during the witching hour today!

The kids and I made some cheerio bars during the witching hour today!

Maddie loved them!

Maddie loved them!

 

6. Put on some make-up.  For some stay-at-home-moms, it is hard to even get a shower, much less put on make-up!  However, it instantly makes me feel better and gives me a little boost.

7.  Dance.  I am so glad that no one is videotaping me during the witching hour!  The kids and I love dancing around the kitchen.  Our current song of choice is Pharrell’s “Happy”.

Basically, anything you can do to get up and move during this time is good.  We have to work to create new habits in our daily routines. If you are struggling, remember to go to God!  If you pray for energy and persistence, He will help you.  

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Click here for the recipe for the Cheerios bars!

31 Days Unplugged – Day 7 – Question Your Motives

6 Mar

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We have done so much this week, haven’t we?  We have almost cut off our use of social media, we have deleted other time-wasters from our phones and computers, we have memorized scripture, and we have found some better ways to use our time.  If you have had some moments where you have given in and checked Facebook really quickly or snapped a quick picture of the kids on Instagram (I know, they’re cute!!!), I urge you to continue forward.  We all have our weak moments, and forming new habits is hard!

Paul urges us in Philippians 3:12-14 to push on:

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Today’s challenge is designed to help you continue on in those weak moments.

Challenge #6- Question your motives.  When you get the urge to zone out online, what are you feeling?  Are you bored, hungry, angry?  Is there a certain time of day you are most tempted? Do certain events make you want to pick up your phone or sit down with your laptop and push the real world to the back burner?

I know that I tend to go mindlessly online when I am bored.  I am a stay-at-home-mom, and Facebook and Instagram are forms of entertainment when I get tired of talking to a 3 and 4 year old.

After you think about your motives, do something to change your habits.  Realizing that I turn to social media when I am bored, I need to come up with other things to do instead: read to the kids, organize a closet or cabinet, go to the park, call a friend, etc.

When do you turn to social media or other forms of online entertainment?  What can you do about it?

I was happy to see that my devotion this morning on She Reads Truth dealt with this very issue!  Go to today’s devotion to read a great in-depth devotion on this topic.  It really hits the nail on the head!