When work gets the best of one's time, energy and imagination, when nothing is left over for friends, spouse, children or oneself, work is an addiction. Workaholics are often surprised when friends or family ask for more attention or time. In some ways, overworking is harder to kick than the other addictions because it is the only one that draws applause....
Like the article highlights, workaholism, compared to other addictions, may be ignored and possibly even encouraged by others. The hustle culture, capitalism, and workforce population promote this mindset. Change needs to start beyond just the individual.
To be emotionally nourished and to have a great amount of support when we are at work or at home really helps us boost our confidence, love towards ourselves and our co-workers. We might be drained with the amount of stress we receive but to have relationships that bring joy and positivity helps us grow stronger and resilient, however to build relationships as such we have to open and flexible enough above all to be emotionally intelligent so that we do not allow ourselves to be demotivated with ones response or no response.
I also think that these days there is a trend towards feeling guilty for relaxing. Rest is seen as something that is only earned, vs something that is in fact one\'s right. Perhaps with workaholics it is an issue with not being able to give oneself that feeling of having earned some time to rest, that makes them want to keep working more and more. I really liked this article and I think that this concept is even more relevant today, when the boundaries between work and home are fading as most people are now working from home.
- Avneet Kaur
Workaholics tend to attach their self worth and identity with their work in extremes that they may feel empty and worthless without it. As major part of their day is allotted to work, personal relationships tend to suffer the most.
This is a really nice article and also much needed. I really liked how you started with mentioning how work and and putting in efforts are really important, but then went on to help us draw the line between working hard and what makes work abusive/addictive. I think that is a difficult line to draw. I think it is really great how it was mentioned the effects of overworking and what it interferes with, I think that can help me draw the line and distinguish between working hard and overworking even better. Great steps to manage this issue also! -Hima
The explanation for recognising these signs was spot-on and the I was able to understand the rationale behind the steps to manage this better.
Now I know, why I felt so dependent on working everyday. This is helpful. Thanks!