Workaholism is a serious problem in our country (and globally in many places) that needs to be resolved..
The problem of working too much has now become a worldwide problem the World Health Organization has realized this and has added the term burnout to ICD 11.
The Japanese use the term Karoshi which when translated means working yourself to death. Unlike other addictions being a workaholic is praised and often admired. However the dangers of this addiction are not something to be admired. A workaholic is someone who are trying to combat Internal Chaos.
This Internal chaos causes them not to trust other people leading them to believe that in order for things to be done right they must do it themselves. This will eventually lead to panic attacks, sleep disturbances, and depression.
It appears that those that those work all the time to achieve the goal of money and power, end up losing the most important thing and that is a sense of self. They lose the ability to have a healthy home life and the ability to relax and play.
The effects that it has on one’s health is significant those that work 12 hour a day or longer are 37% more likely to suffer a work injury. Those that work 11 hours day are 67% more likely to suffer from heart disease then those that work just 8 hours per day. The divorce rate for workaholics is 65%. In order to change this we must change the perception in our culture.
How to change these patterns
When it is quitting time you want to be done with work. In your free time, develop a hobby, watch tv, go out with friends. Whatever you don’t focus on work! A good idea to try is to set a time limit to decompress from work. I personally set a time limit of 15-30 minutes depending on the day.
Take some time to think about what your priorities are. Is your job still the number 1 thing on your list? If not then it is time to figure out what changes need to be made in order to align yourself with your Priorities.
Rest in the middle of your workday!
One of my favorite things to do is to take a nap in the middle of the day. Not only does it allow me to decompress from the morning but it prepares me for the 2nd part of my day. If you find that you cannot nap in the middle of the day. It is okay to meditate or go for a walk anything that allows you to take a break from work is okay.
Schedule your relaxation!
Most of us think about relaxation we tend to think that it needs to be spontaneous and not planned. I myself am opposed to planning. Growing up it seemed to me that those who were following a scheduled life always seem to be unhappy. Now I realize this because they never scheduling time for themselves.
In America we tend to put a lot of emphasis on the individual success. When in reality it takes a team to be successful in life. The sooner you learn to trust others and work in a team left she will feel that you need to do everything on your own in order to achieve your goal.
The majority of Americans report that they are unhappy at their job. If you are unhappy at your job to the point that you don’t take any vacation days and you feel that you need to work overtime just to keep your company happy make a change. Life is too short to stay in a job that makes you miserable. I encourage you to find employment with a company that makes you happy.
Shawn Hetz was born with Cerebral Palsy which presented many challenges in my life. However, my success has been greater. He coaches individuals who want more out of life but aren’t sure how to get there. He is a straight forward but humorous individual who believes that putting yourself first and creating a work/life balance is essential to a fulfilling life.
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