Is being a workaholic good for you?
Being a workaholic is about far more than taking on extra hours at the job in order to get yourself out of a financial crunch. Workaholics work longer and harder than they have to. In fact, it is not uncommon for these individuals to dislike their jobs despite their inability to stay away. Racking up additional hours at the office and even taking work home becomes problematic when it starts to interfere with other areas of your life such as by causing you to neglect important relationships, your health and even aspects of your own basic, self-care. Don't be deceived. Although being a workaholic can lead to more money and professional promotion, it can damage your health and cheat you out of enjoying a balanced and high-quality life.
What workaholism really is
There isn't currently an official, medical definition for workaholism, however, clinical psychology does associate these behaviours with several, better understood disorders. For instance, workaholics likely have some measure of obsessive-compulsive disorder, impulse-control disorder and even unmanaged stress. Many workaholics clock additional hours at the job to avoid unresolved problems at home, overwhelming familial responsibilities or as the result of low self-worth. Irrespective why a person has entered into such an imbalanced state, it is often possible to successfully identify the signs of workaholism and address them in a therapy setting.
Why workaholism actually works against you
Despite increasing paycheck, on-the-job praise and other forms of recognition, being a workaholic will invariably have more drawbacks than benefits, especially over the long-term. It isn't possible to prioritise work above all else while maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, eating right, getting regular exercise and experiencing the necessary social engagement for good emotional health. Under-slept and under-nourished, many workaholics eventually find that working longer hours doesn't necessarily equate as greater productivity. With a lesser ability to focus, they may start making critical mistakes with dire consequences. The physical effects of these behaviours can also include stress-induced ulcers, hypertension and greater risk of heart disease among many other health issues.
Why take action?
Not surprisingly, workaholism can lead to loss of relationships, declining physical and mental health and even job loss. Good focus is valued in the workplace and when it comes to professional results, quality often trumps quantity. More importantly, however, workaholics are never truly content and the more they work, the greater the need to continue working invariably becomes. When these individuals take time off or are forced to take time off, they feel empty, depressed and even anxious. At worst, workaholism is an addiction and like any other addiction, it will continue to take from the individual until it is diagnosed and resolved. Seeking to identify and address the causes for these behaviours is ultimately the best way to regain happy, balanced and truly successful life. Hypnotherapy can help to do this by working with the subconscious to identify the root cause and using the power of suggestion to regain balance.
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About Dita Peskova
Dita Peskova is NCH registered Cognitive Hypnotherapist specialising in anxieties, fears, confidence, self-esteem, public speaking, phobias, social phobias, negative thoughts, acting performance and creativity practising from Ealing and Barbican over Skype.