An addiction to work scenario: It’s Friday and while your co-workers are impatiently awaiting the receipt of their paychecks, you are diligently working without a complaint or so much as a peek at the clock.
On Saturday you respond to a call from your boss asking you to come in and help out, and the thought of declining doesn’t even enter your mind. In fact, you’re glad he called, after all, there’s no place you love more than your workplace!
Does this sound like a dedicated employee to you?
Or a workaholic? Signs Of Addiction
There’s a fine line between loving your job and being addicted to it.
The Damages of Addiction to Work
This addiction can affect your life in ways similar to any other form of addiction.
- A sense of failure when you don’t meet a deadline or receive a promotion.
- Loss of friends and damage to the family due to a lack of time invested into the relationships.
- Lack of energy from working late hours.
- Other health issues as a result of overworking yourself.
Overcoming Addiction to Work
You don’t have to quit working for overcoming this addiction, how feasible would that be?
Not very feasible at all.
You do have to recognize that you have an addiction that doesn’t do you justice as an employee, but instead does harm to your overall performance in life.
Here are some tips for overcoming a work addiction to help you get on the road to recovery:
Join a workaholics Anonymous group to get support and learn what steps to take to stop your addiction to working, as this addiction is hard to overcome and you need all the support you can get, as it is hard to do on your own.
Involve your friends and family in your recovery, asking them to help you stay in check and not overwork yourself.
Stick to your schedule; if you create your own schedule, adhere to the hours you set for yourself. If you work for someone, let them know when you cannot work and don’t feel obligated to come in on days off.
Loving your job doesn’t mean dedicating your entire life to it, it can make you sick so overcoming addiction to work is what you need to do for your well being.
Looking back on all my jobs I now realized what it was that kept me going, I thrived on recognition, I needed to be Number One and I would work so hard until I got there.
But it nearly came at the expense of my health and my family, thank God I woke up to myself. But I will tell you it took years as I didn’t know I was doing it.
Focusing on your recovery will give you a whole new reason to pat yourself on the back, and your family and friends will do so as well!
The thought of nearly losing my son and daughter woke me up to the fact that life is too short, enjoy your life.
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Work Addiction Quote By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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