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6 Ways Being a Workaholic Can Take a Toll on Your Health
In a culture of side hustles and productivity hacks, workaholism is placed on a pedestal. We glorify people who multitask, skimp on sleep and get all the things done. We wear the title of "workaholic" as a badge of honor, like an initiation into a club of hard workers.

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Workaholism

A Workaholic is a person who is addicted to work, having an uncontrollable and obsessive desire to work incessantly.

Workaholism is assumed to be the same as working hard, but the two quali...

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How being a Workaholic harms you

When work occupies all your time and energy, and there is a relentless need to keep working at any cost, it can have some serious side effects.

1. Sleep Troubles

2. Frequent h...

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Workaholics have Sleep Troubles

Work addicts experience sleep trouble, with their busy schedules, without realizing that sleep actually benefits productivity.

This sleep deprivation also leads to crankiness and memory impai...

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Workaholics suffer headaches

Work addicts suffer tension and stress related headaches which may give rise to migraines.

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Poor Diet and Stomach Health

For workaholics the eating habits take a dip leading to stomach problems, due to irregular and ill-timed snacks and junk food, along with a dependence on stimulants like coffee.

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Arthritis and other body pain

Another side effect of living to work is pain, whether it is arthritis (joint pain), pain in the jaw or in the back due to the unhealthy sitting postures in the prolonged hours of working.

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Mood Swings

Workaholics have frequent mood changes, are cranky and irritable, having bouts of sadness.

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Burnout

The stress and diet-related factors, which lead to body and mind degradation, eventually make the workaholic mentally, physically and emotionally fatigued. This adds up, leading to burnout.

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Catch Up With Your Life

Your workaholism means you miss out on other things in life. You are increasing your income at the expense of reducing the time you have to spend enjoying that financial success.

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Treat Your Body

Your body is your most important work tool and break periods provide an ideal opportunity to thoroughly check your body systems.

Don't ignore your body’s subtle signs that rundown is imminent. Things like poor quality of sleep, persistent aches, weight gain, high blood pressure, anxiety, poor eyesight, sleep apnea, depression and increased risk of heart attack and diabetes all are common in those who suffer from acute workaholism.

Treat Your Mind

Stressing your mind with heavy tasks reduces the output and quality of your work. Within your budget, strive to awe yourself with unique activities and you will recover faster from the stress.

It’s also important to take some time to think on the nature and purpose of your work, outside of the pressure of doing the work itself. This can be a restorative therapy to improve the way you approach your business and your career.

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Chronic busyness

Being chronically busy can become a badge of honor. It makes you feel important.

It can also hurt your health. The long hours, stress and lack of relaxation time can result in insomnia...

Addicted to chronic busyness

  • How would you describe your days? Would you call them hectic, chaotic, consumed in activities?
  • How does being busy make you feel? Do you enjoy the excitement of going from one activity to another throughout the day?
  • Do you take fewer vacation days than you’re given or even skip vacation time altogether (like Tom)?
  • What activities do you normally do when you’re not at work? Do you rarely take time to sit, relax and read a book or magazine for fun?
  • Are your friends and family weary of hearing how busy you are? Have you ever seen someone roll their eyes when you talk about how busy you are?

Tips To Prepare For Vacations

  • Give yourself enough time to complete the work you have committed to before you leave and don’t take on new projects.
  • Delegate important tasks to someone capable a...

Tips For During Your Vacation

  • Scan your email occasionally to reassure yourself that nothing catastrophic is happening in your absence.
  • Try some activities, maybe something new, so you can have so much fun you forget all work related stress.
  • Turn off your phone and email notifications so you’re not constantly reminded of work. 
  • Don’t be tempted to work. You are taking a vacation to get a break. Working during the break will add stress to your trip and resentment when you return.

Tips For Your Return From Vacation

  • Get to your inbox first as it will allow you to prioritize your tasks properly.
  • Try to keep away from the office or commitments at least for your first day so you will be able to focus on catching up.
  • Try to incorporate the stress relieving tactics you found during your vacation to your routine.
  • Don’t work late. As tempting as it may be, work your normal hours when you return.