What is a Workaholic?
Workaholism has been called ‘the addiction of this century’. There is a difference between working hard and holding yourself to a standard of excellence, and being a workaholic. A workaholic is someone who works long hours compulsively, despite exhaustion, and cannot psychologically detach from work. It is estimated that about 10% of the population identifies as being a workaholic.
How do I know if I’m a workaholic?
Norwegian researchers from the Department of Psychosocial Science at the University of Bergen identified seven identifying characteristics of workaholics:
- You think about how you can devote more time to work.
- You spend more time working than you had meant to.
- Working reduces feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness, and/or depression.
- People in your life tell you to cut back on work, and you ignore them.
- You become stressed if you are prevented from working.
- You do not make time for leisure, hobbies, and/or exercise.
- Working too much has had a negative impact on your health.
How does being a workaholic affect your life and health?
- Sleep deprivation
- Recurring health problems
- Increased stress and anxiety
- Negative impact on relationship with loved ones
- Frequent tension headaches or migraines
- Can lead to decreased productivity
- Increased vulnerability to other addictions
Tips to cope with workaholism:
- Be strict with time limits for work.
- Make time for family and friends.
- Engage in hobbies and spend time doing other things you enjoy.
- Use your vacation time, and do not take your work with you.
- Explore the reasons that are compelling you to be a workaholic- anxiety, craving for approval, fear of rejection, etc.
If you need to talk to someone about how being a workaholic is affecting you, please don’t hesitate to contact our Provisional Psychologist Katie Laird by booking online here.