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How to Stop Yourself From Becoming a Workaholic

Being a workaholic isn’t good. Putting work as your first and top priority in life can keep you from doing things that you really care about and leave you feeling exhausted. As a workaholic, you choose to put work above leisure, and you don’t really mind working anytime or anywhere. But, blurring the line between business and pleasure can only lead to major health problems such as stress-induced illnesses, chronic fatigue and increased anxiety levels.        

Spending too much time at work may be a sign that you are turning into a workaholic. To prevent that from happening, here are a couple of tips to try out.

See Also: Do You Consider Yourself a Workaholic?

1. Set Boundaries

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First and foremost you should come up with a realistic work schedule. If you are working in an office, from 9 to 5, make a point to leave at 5. Avoid staying late at work and make sure your working hours are consistent. If you are an entrepreneur or working irregular hours pick some time when you don’t want to be interupted, switch off your mobile phone and shut down all of your electronic devices.

2. Find a Hobby

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It’s easy to become a workaholic when all you have to worry about every day is work. But this is precisely why you need to find something to keep yourself busy. Find a hobby that doesn’t relate to your day job and fill your day with this activity. Think about your interests and what you would like to do that helps your mind relax and unwind. It could be anything from running, dancing, reading books, writing or anything else that you enjoy doing.

3. Spend Time With Your Friends and Family

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Being a workaholic means that you are spending the majority of your time at work and as such sacrificing valuable time with your friends and family. Even though you may enjoy working – perhaps more that you should, achieving a work-life balance is essential to your wellbeing. Work and play are two equally important elements in your life and finding the right combination should be your top priority. At the end of the day, you want to be around people who love you, so find time for your family and friends and when you are with them, be present and connect with them.

4. Go Outdoors

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Spending time in nature is the perfect way to take a break from the reality of work. It helps you reduce stress and disconnect from anything that makes you worried, blocking out work emails and client requests. Perhaps you should find some time for yourself during the day to go outside. Spend at least thirty minutes walking through nature and be mindful of your surroundings as you do it. As time passes, this will come naturally to you, and you will want to do it every day.

5. Question Your Goals

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Spending too much time at work may help you advance your career, but have you ever thought about the other things that you are unwillingly leaving behind? Staying late at the office, checking up your email obsessively and sacrificing personal relationships because of work isn’t healthy, so you may want to refine your goals and life priorities. Is this really what you want? When all of this starts getting too much, take a step up to figure out what’s truly important to you.

See Also: How to Tap in to Your Inner Workaholic

Getting yourself out of the office will help you improve your wellbeing and enjoy a better quality of life. If you think you are becoming a workaholic, practice these five simple tips to see how you can improve your current situation.

Do you have any other ideas on how to stop yourself from becoming a workaholic? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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