Working hard is not strange in this day and age. There is a good sense of accomplishment and pride when you work hard, and you know it. But it can be too easy to let work take over every aspect of your life and then it almost becomes an addiction.
Of course, we all need to pay our bills and provide for our families or lifestyles, that’s a no brainer. But it can easily go too far beyond that, and you can end up having addictive behaviors in relation to work. Let’s take a look at what that looks like.
We all have heard of those people who are self-described “workaholics”. Too easily we accept that as a norm or not something to worry about. Some people are just married to their work. But it shouldn’t be normalized, and it is pretty dangerous that it is.
Work addiction is not formally categorized as a medical condition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but it should still be considered as a serious issue.
People like to treat working a lot as a positive trait. This means you aren’t lazy, you have good character, and a strong work ethic and other people should look up to that. Working very hard or overworking is often recognized as something worthy of reward.
When this happens, it can be hard to convince someone that they are doing something wrong by working too much. This is the case even as it affects or ruins their relationships or other aspects of non-work related life.
Signs And Symptoms Of A Work Addiction
If you worry that you or someone you love has a work addiction, then it is time to take a step back and think about how your life is going. Here are some signs that you could potentially be a workaholic:
– Increased busyness without an increase in productivity
– Obsessively thinking about making more time for work
– Spending more time working than you originally intended
– Using work to maintain one’s self-worth
– Working to lessen feelings of guilt, depression, anxiety, or hopelessness
– Ignoring when others say to cut down on work
– Relationship issues because of overwork or preoccupation with work
– Health problems because of work-related stress and/or overwork
– Using work to cope with, escape, or numb feelings
– Becoming tolerance for working, so needing to work more to get the same effects
– Growing stressed if prevented from working or having withdrawal if you are not working
– Relapsing to overwork when you try and cut down or stop