Being a Workaholic Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Being a Workaholic Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

The holidays are approaching, and that means long hours trying to complete tasks and make those final sales before you wrap up the year. If you’re like many other Americans, you work longer than the rest of the world. But maybe the rest of the world knows something you don’t. If you’re a workaholic, consider taking some time for yourself.

How Do You Know You’re a Workaholic?

According to Norwegian researchers from the Department of Psychosocial Science at the University of Bergen, there are seven key criteria for determining if you might be a workaholic.

  1. Do you think of ways to free up more time to work?
  2. Do you spend more time working than you originally intended?
  3. Do you work to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, depression, or helplessness?
  4. Have others told you to cut back on work, only to find yourself ignoring the advice?
  5. Do you become stressed if you are prohibited from working?
  6. Do you put a lower priority on hobbies, leisure activities, or exercise because of your work?
  7. Do you work so much that it has negatively influenced your health?

If you said yes to any of these questions, it’s possible that you may be a workaholic.

The Consequences of a Workaholic Lifestyle

According to an article on Huffington Post, numerous studies have shown the harmful effects that work stress can take on your health, particularly if you’re a workaholic. From anxiety and depression, weight gain, and poor sleep quality to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack and diabetes. Studies have also shown that workaholics are more likely to have unhappy marriages and higher divorce rates. Thanks to technology, so many people now have the capability to work from anywhere at any time, making it easier than ever to become a workaholic.

Benefits of Having “Me Time”

A sabbatical is traditionally a break that a college professor takes every seven years. In this age of workaholism, the sabbatical has spread far beyond academics, and many people are taking breaks from their jobs to rest and recover from burnout. It’s a great way for recovering workaholics to improve their health, develop new skills, or even to determine a new direction for their careers. There may not be paid or benefits, but a sabbatical can give you a life-changing chance to refocus and refresh.

If you think that you may be a workaholic, take steps now to combat the issue. Define boundaries between your work and personal lives. Consider delegating tasks so you can focus on the things that need your attention. Turn on the out-of-office autoresponder, and take some time to rest and recharge each week. It can give you a boost not just on your well-being, but also on your productivity and creativity. Use your vacation days, and get away from the office for some time with family and friends.

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