The last part of the series about work-life balance discusses being a workaholic. Here are a few snippets that you might find interesting:
While many workers would love more time off, job insecurity and technology that keeps them constantly plugged in can often get in the way. Some people manage to make things work. They carve out time for their personal lives, they find ways to work more efficiently, they know when to let go. But for others, it can be a slippery slope from a busy work month to an endlessly busy work life.
There are strategies for scaling back and building healthier life habits. And there are treatment options like therapy or Workaholics Anonymous for the more chronic cases. But the first and sometimes most difficult step, Robinson says, is simply recognizing the problem. Read on to see if you have symptoms of a workaholic.
1. You work longer than your colleagues
Workaholics are typically the first to arrive in the office and the last to leave, or they log in after hours and work into the night. Do extra hours equal productive hours? Not often, studies say. Instead, experts say that breaks, time off and self-care enable more productivity in fewer hours.
2. You can’t turn off
Workaholism isn’t simply defined by working long hours. True workaholism, says Robinson, is the inability to turn off thoughts of work. Work worries – even on the ski slopes – activate the body’s stress response. The more you can turn off outside the office and stay calm during work hours, the more you activate your parasympathetic nervous system and disarm your body’s stress response.
3. Your body feels unwell
Workaholics have a lot of bad habits that can hamper health. Constrained for time, some turn to junk food, some inhale lunch at their desks and others skip meals altogether. Exercise is often abandoned and sleep habits get thrown off schedule. Mental health experts who specifically treat work addicts consistently see the same ailments among the overworked: gastrointestinal problems, headaches and migraines, weight gain or loss due to poor diets, increased irritability and tiredness, heavier drinking as a form of stress relief.
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