Summer colds are annoying.

I’ve been home the last three weeks with a cold virus I can’t seem to kick. It’s frustrating to sit on my tushy for days on end, and to have lots of “at-home” time with very little to show for it.

As a result, I’ve been spending a lot of time asking myself the question, “How is it that I came to have a cold that is now on its 25th day?”

Well, besides the obvious – that I owe my husband a thank you for sharing his cooties – I guess it’s a combination of a few things. The one that I want to share with you is one all parents have in common: We overdo it. We push and push till our body says enough.

And I’m not just talking about pushing our physical limits, running around, not eating or sleeping properly, not exercising.

I’m also talking about the mental load – both the obvious and not-so-obvious invisible energy zappers. For example:

Invisible energy zappers can really affect our physical health (hello weakened immune system). But they also influence our mood, our patience, and our ability to self-regulate, which can in turn deeply affect our children’s behavior and response to us.

So, what to do? We’re not going to completely eliminate invisible energy zappers, but here’s some ideas for managing them:

What one invisible energy zapper in your life do you want to pay more attention to? Comment below and let me know.