Our need to receive praise for our work can make showing up early, eating lunch at the desk and staying at work until late seem normal, when in fact, it could be a sign of an addiction. Workaholism is an obsessive-compulsive disorder that manifests itself through self-imposed demands, an inability to regulate work habits, and an overindulgence in work to the exclusion of most other life activities. Workaholism is generally rewarded with raises, promotions, and a status that comes with being busier than everyone else. At the same time though, your work is taking a knock, and so are your relationships. At its worst, your health is at risk. Difficulties sleeping, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, weight gain and cancer, are all illnesses associated with workaholism. Here are a few things you can start doing to take control of your life if you think you are a workaholic or feel like you need more balance in your life:
- Give your brain some time to reboot by taking a break or two during your work day.
- Take some time off work and go on a holiday. Not taking any time off work lessens your productivity and lowers your performance.
- Break the habit of eating lunch at your desk. You’ll recharge your brain and stop you from gaining weight.
- Make time to be with your family and friends.