A lot of articles and speeches and advice will try to make you believe otherwise but the truth is that being a workaholic is NEVER a good thing. Right at the very beginning of our lives, we were very determinedly taught that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Why and when did we forget that? What made us forget one of our oldest learnings? As a kid, we were only told about one of the symptoms of Workaholism but there are so many more.
Jack’s Health Deteriorates
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When I say health, I mean not just physical health. But also mental health. Emotional health. Everything deteriorates. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that workaholism has similar symptoms to any other serious addictions like that of a substance. When you work more than you should, your physical health starts getting affected too. Extreme work habits can actually damage your lungs and heart. Stress is the most common trait of a workaholic. And increased breathing and heart rate due to stress response can make you more prone to heart attacks and strokes. Your mental health becomes the primary target of workaholism with increased irritability, depression, and anxiety. Lack of sleep is another common symptom of being a workaholic. Insomnia in turn can cause many other physical problems. I hope you realize the gravity of the problem that workaholism represents!
Jack’s Relationships Suffer
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Like every other addiction, workaholism also demands the sacrifice of your relationships, especially your romantic relationship. Being addicted to work means prioritizing work over your family and friends. Doing that will leave less to no time for the responsibilities you have as a family member. Your personal and professional life balance goes for a spin and it affects both the spheres of your life negatively. Workaholic partners almost always lead their relationship towards divorce and destroy not just theirs but everyone’s life directly connected to them.
Jack Can Break The Cycle
Like every other addiction, there are ways to break the cycle of workaholism as well. Jack can definitely save his personal, health, and social life from breaking apart. To begin with, try the customary “schedule your time” tip. Workaholics do not have a schedule. They work all day, all the time, every day. Try and break this pattern to begin with. Next, reduce your workload. As a workaholic, you have the habit of taking up all the extra work and so others have a habit of allotting you more work. Stop that practice and others will follow the suite. To kickstart your journey of coming out of the workaholism cycle, take a vacation! Just go away from everything that reminds you of work and try to find some peace. There are many more big and small changes that you can incorporate to help yourself break the cycle.
But, always remember that workaholism is a serious addiction. Thus, do not hesitate from seeking professional help if the need arises.