Some of us feel more important the more busy they are, and they work long hours every day, maybe all days of the week. And definitely a preoccupation with something useful is a good thing, but when does the love of work turn into an obsession or an addiction? And when can we call a person a “workaholic”?
Just as there are people who are addicted to drinking alcohol or using drugs, for example, there are also others who are addicted to work, and work for them is a compulsive behavior that they cannot control or prevent themselves from. The more success they achieve after immersion in work, the more they indulge in it, to achieve more success, and thus more self-esteem and satisfaction.
However, sometimes there are other reasons. This work immersion may be a way to avoid family or financial problems or psychological and health crises, or to escape negative feelings such as loneliness and depression.
Regardless of the partial euphoria that a “workaholic” may have, he may not tolerate the negative consequences of this addiction, such as feeling lonely, losing social relationships, feeling exhausted and anxious from work pressure, and thus the impact on mental health.
If you answered yes to more than 3 to 4 of these questions, then you are a workaholic:
- Are you attracted to your work or related activities more than social relationships, comfort, etc.?
- Are there times when you are motivated and press yourself to complete tasks when you don’t want to, and other times you procrastinate and avoid them when you have to get things done?
- Are you thinking about work before / during sleep? And on weekends? And on your annual vacation?
- Do you feel more comfortable talking about your work than about other topics? Do you prefer to work all night?
- Do you resent people in your workplace for putting pressure on you?
- Do you fight rest when tired and use stimulants to stay awake longer to do more work?
- Are you making extra work or volunteer commitments because you are worried that things will not be done satisfactorily?
- Do people who have other priorities make you angry at work?
- Are you afraid that if you don’t work hard all the time, you will lose your job or be a failure?
- Do your long working hours affect your health or your relationships?
How do you deal with work addiction?
Fortunately, like any addiction, there are ways to deal with work addiction that professionals usually recommend to work addicts, such as breaking the routine with other activities to clear the mind and relax away from work, relieve stress and enhance the ability to focus. In these cases, taking a walk, listening to music, or watching a comedy show may help distract you from work.