Workaholism and How It Can Destroy You

Published: 01st July 2009
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This period of recession has brought up a need to work more jobs and more hours. Most people actually work a minimum of 2 jobs in a day just to keep up with the continually increasing prices of commodity. But when is it time to say you've had enough load for the day? When does working hard ends and being a workaholic begins?

Most of the time, people don't even know they're workaholics. It's probably because it has become quite normal for people to sacrifice a number of hours of their lives to work extra. However, there's a line that separates the hard workers from the workaholics. It's a simple word called balance.

Hard workers are still able to maintain a balance between their professional and personal lives while workaholics don't. To simplify it further, a hard worker takes the time off from work for other things while the workaholic takes time off of everything else just to work.

Just how much does workaholism affect a person?

1. It affects one's personal relationships. Like any other addiction, being obsessed with work often takes a toll on your personal life first. You start leaving less and less time for family and friends, until finally you've completely dissociated yourself from them. You may even find yourself trying to rationalize your addiction just to justify what you did. Some workaholics even admit to having no life outside of work because of their addiction.

2. It affects one's health. Most often than not, workaholics take work more seriously than their health. It has even gotten to a point where it's a compulsion - a strong, unexplainable need to work even if it isn't required of them. They often slave over work too much that they don't get enough rest, don't eat right, and observe poor hygiene. Some workaholics always complain about fatigue and chronic pain, drowning themselves with muscle relaxants and painkillers like Soma, carisoprodol, and similar drugs to get by.

3. It affects one's professionalism. Most of the times, people who suffer from workaholism have a difficult time working with other because of their need to control the outcome of the project or the process the project is to be done. In some cases, a workaholic takes on too many projects that nothing ever gets finished. This results to poor performance evaluations for the sufferer. The workaholic would then take on new projects in an attempt to prove their ability, but often end up repeating the cycle.

As mentioned above, most workaholics aren't aware of their condition. When confronted about this, they usually reason out that they're required to finish certain projects at a certain deadline. It may be true because they take on too many projects at one time, or it could be a lie and they just feel restless because of their their incessant need to work.

Remember that there's more to life than working. Learn to keep balance of both your personal and professional life. Time management is a key to doing that. Once you start noticing the three effects of workaholism start manifesting on you, getting professional help might just be the best solution for you.

Abbey Grace Yap, is an active advocate for health consciousness and disease awareness. She possesses a deep passion in discovering new health-related information and sharing it to her readers. For more health related articles from the author, visit

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