When work gets the best of one's time, energy and imagination, when nothing is left over for friends, spouse, children or oneself, work is an addiction. Workaholics are often surprised when friends or family ask for more attention or time. In some ways, overworking is harder to kick than the other addictions because it is the only one that draws applause....
In my line of work as a new mental-health-practitioner, I have seen how grey-ing the boundaries between work and rest has led to a compromised quality of work itself. The compromised quality would then guilt me into pouring more of my mental resources back into work. It\'s funny to think that MHPs like myself are still prone to the very same mistakes we warn others against (and humanly so!). I may keep this article in hand, for when my boundaries become diffuse again. -Alekhya Velidanda
Work life balance seems so important. And I agree with the article and some of the comments here about how a single person may find it hard to manage their work life balance is the organization does not support such a concept. Too much individualised focus on work life balance could make a person feel bad that they may be the only ones unable to handle that balance. Helping an individual and their organization in fostering and developing work life balance can be helpful in the long run.
Very well explained
The understanding that work can become addictive is important. And finding ways to overcome this and fit in time for oneself among work is essential. This article highlights both and brings out the importance of work life balance.
Like the article highlights, workaholism, compared to other addictions, may be ignored and possibly even encouraged by others. The hustle culture, capitalism, and workforce population promote this mindset. Change needs to start beyond just the individual.
To be emotionally nourished and to have a great amount of support when we are at work or at home really helps us boost our confidence, love towards ourselves and our co-workers. We might be drained with the amount of stress we receive but to have relationships that bring joy and positivity helps us grow stronger and resilient, however to build relationships as such we have to open and flexible enough above all to be emotionally intelligent so that we do not allow ourselves to be demotivated with ones response or no response.
I also think that these days there is a trend towards feeling guilty for relaxing. Rest is seen as something that is only earned, vs something that is in fact one\'s right. Perhaps with workaholics it is an issue with not being able to give oneself that feeling of having earned some time to rest, that makes them want to keep working more and more. I really liked this article and I think that this concept is even more relevant today, when the boundaries between work and home are fading as most people are now working from home.
- Avneet Kaur
Workaholics tend to attach their self worth and identity with their work in extremes that they may feel empty and worthless without it. As major part of their day is allotted to work, personal relationships tend to suffer the most.
This is a really nice article and also much needed. I really liked how you started with mentioning how work and and putting in efforts are really important, but then went on to help us draw the line between working hard and what makes work abusive/addictive. I think that is a difficult line to draw. I think it is really great how it was mentioned the effects of overworking and what it interferes with, I think that can help me draw the line and distinguish between working hard and overworking even better. Great steps to manage this issue also! -Hima
The explanation for recognising these signs was spot-on and the I was able to understand the rationale behind the steps to manage this better.
Now I know, why I felt so dependent on working everyday. This is helpful. Thanks!