Are you a Workaholic? 10 Signs to look out for

Are you a Workaholic? 10 Signs to look out for

Although people have always suffered with ‘Work-holism,’ today’s technology certainly brings a new concept to the meaning. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets – provides opportunities to work from anywhere anytime and for some people that means working all the time. The ability to take work home with you or continue with work outside the office, blurs the line between work and leisure time.

However there is a big difference between a hard worker and a workaholic. Mental Health Website Healthy Place define a workaholic as someone who: “Unlike people who simply work very hard, which, quite frankly, is most of us, workaholics are people who never punch out. They always feel like they are on the clock, 24/7, physically, mentally and emotionally working. 

Workaholics should not be confused with people who are simply hard workers, love their jobs and go the extra mile to finish a project. By contrast, a workaholic is someone who constantly thinks about work, and without work feels anxious and depressed.

Could you or someone you know be a workaholic? KennedyPearce gives you 10 tell tale signs to look out for:

1. You become stressed if you are prohibited from working

2. You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and/or depression

3. You think constantly about work.

Hard workers can take breaks from work while workaholics can’t. They think about work regardless of what they’re doing or who they’re with.

4. You believe that work is more important than anything else in your life, including family and friends.

5. You work anytime, anywhere.

6. You are intense, energetic, competitive and driven

7. You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.

8. You work through your lunch break. Every lunch break. 

9. Your mind is still at work, even when you’re not. 

10. You hide work from family and friends and lie about how much work you do. 

Sound familiar? If so, then help is available and vital. The inability to detach from work may initially appear to result in increased productivity, however over time, productivity decreases and relationships breakdown. Stress levels increase and eventually, the addiction to work can increase health risks and even contribute to premature death.

Forbes recommend monitoring the time you’re putting into work and take notice when your work life is creating problems in your personal life. Practicing disengagement, taking regular vacations, and setting healthy boundaries can help you develop a work-life balance that will prevent you from becoming a workaholic.

If you need further help we recommend seeking support groups and professional medical help.

 

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