How to know you’re a Workaholic

The other night, I had a nightmare. The nightmare was – I was working. Yes, I had a dream of work. Oi.

Everyone loves a hard worker, particularly the boss. However, dreaming about work is not healthy. There is a difference between pushing long hours at work to meet a deadline and working when you shouldn’t due to an uncontrollable urge.

Pushing the long hours at work and earning big bucks is considered to be the standard mark of success. After all, more hours meant more money which equals a bigger house and a better lifestyle. What others don’t see is the negative results of the long hours which is stress. Stress, itself, can lead to many adverse outcomes such as divorce, losing oneself, suicide, etc. The obsession with work often results in a pricey ending.

Overworking can be deadly.

For example, one-fifth of the Japanese workforce is at risk of death from overwork.

Being a workaholic is not defined by the hours, but the minds. You’re always thinking about work, concerned when you didn’t finish a particular project, etc. You really shouldn’t be thinking about your next project when grocery shopping!

Workaholics are generally – obsessed over their work. We – yes, we because I know I’m a workaholic – often feel guilty when we’re not doing anything. I’ve worked so much that I get a nosebleed because of stress.

Of course, there are ways to solve or at least minimize your workaholic attitude.

1.Yes, You have a Problem

The first step is to admit you have a problem. It took me over a year, but I finally agree that I do have a problem – a bad one I may add. Sometimes, I waked up in the middle of the night and started working.

It is often stated that workaholic enjoyed the adrenaline of…work?

For me, I enjoyed feeling useful.

2. Cold Turkey

Work is like food, so you cannot give it up cold turkey. Remember the last time you try to give up junk food and then one week later; you mysteriously gained five pounds – yeah, that wasn’t a mystery. We all know what happened.

You need a plan and break down the goal. Start with ten minutes a day where you force yourself to do anything besides work – walk your dog, job, yoga, anything!

3. Getting Support

This is one of the hard parts – getting support. It took me another half a year to admit to my doctor that I needed a therapist. Currently, my hours are decreasing, but we still talk over the phone to ensure I am on the right track.

When I have the urge to work on my day off – I run.

You can say I’m trying to run away from my problems.

NervousWorkaholic: “Please, tell me you weren’t trying to be funny.”

Me: “…..”