How to Stop Being a Workaholic

Workaholism has become an increasingly common problem in our world today. In an attempt to get a promotion, earn more bonuses and improve your lifestyle, you might find yourself getting addicted to work. However, being a workaholic can be as destructive as alcohol and drug addiction.

Here are some of the signs of workaholic behavior:

  • Poor health – Workaholics tend to suffer health problems such as chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, headaches and gastric problems
  • Strained relationships – Being too focused on their work causes workaholics to neglect important relationships. This causes a strain in relationships with spouses, children and friends
  • Fixation with control – Workaholics usually thrive when they have power and control. They want things done their own way and not flexible enough to accommodate new ideas. This attitude could result in strained relationships at work and even at home
  • Poor overall productivity – Due to their obsession with control, workaholics are less likely to delegate work to others. By failing to leverage on the skills of others, the overall productivity of the company is likely to suffer  

So how can you overcome your addiction to work? Here are some suggestions:

1. Get enough sleep

Sleeping well regenerates your body and mind, thus allowing you to be more creative, more motivated and less irritable. Therefore, it would be advisable to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night.                                              

2. Set clear boundaries

To avoid falling into the trap of work addiction, make sure you set clear boundaries. For example, you can decide that you will be working from 9am to 6pm. Remember to schedule regular breaks within the working hours. And avoid the temptation of carrying work home.

3. Eat well

Due to their busy schedules, workaholics tend to have very poor eating habits. They will either skip meals or settle for fast foods. To stay healthy and productive, you need to find time to eat proper meals. Make sure your food includes whole grains, vegetables and fruits. And avoid the temptation of eating while working.

4. Cultivate a hobby

Find an interesting activity to engage in that is unrelated to your work. This could be sports, knitting, gardening or painting. Doing something you love will leave you feeling refreshed and fulfilled.

5. Check your health

It would be advisable to get vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and weight checked on a regular basis. This will show you if there’s need to change your working habits.  

6. Review your goals

You need to take time regularly to reevaluate your short term and long term goals. If you find yourself always taking extra assignments, working long hours and getting home late, ask yourself:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • What do I hope to achieve?
  • How is this affecting my health and relationships?

The key to recovering from workaholism is making small behavior changes every day. For instance, you could start by setting fixed working hours. If possible, get a family member or friend to hold you accountable to your goals.


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