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Work Addiction

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Online counselling and life coaching for work addiction, professional help  compulsive over working, stress or burn out is becoming more and more frequent.

Workaholics should not be confused with people who are simply hard workers, career driven, ambitious or love their jobs and go the extra mile to finish a project.

By contrast, a workaholic is someone who constantly thinks about work, and without work feels not only anxious and depressed but completely lost and empty with no other purpose in life other than to work. They will cut themselves off from friends and family outside of work. In the end they may have a family that is estranged from them, and family in name only.

 

Workaholics can often be difficult to get along with in the workplace, because they frequently push others as hard as they push themselves.

 

SYMPTOMS OF WORKAHOLISM OFTEN INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING

 

  • Valuing work over any other activity, even when it negatively affects your health and family, as well as the quality of your work.
  • Have very few (if any) outside interests or when they do try to detach from work are emotionally disconnected from any activity or person.
  • Health Problems: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Mental
  • Relationship Problems: Time lost and social activities reduced Family, Friends and Loved ones

 

There is a huge difference between a hard worker and a workaholic in the same way there is a difference between a social drinker and an alcoholic. 

 

WORK ADDICTION IS NOT A HEALTHY ADDICTION FAR FROM IT

Work addiction comprises the same 3 main core elements of any addiction progressive, chronic and fatal.In order to explain this further please see below

THE 3 STAGES OF WORKAHOLISM

 

STAGE 1

  • People pleasing, Inability to say no
  • Rushing about, always busy, sometimes disorganised, forgetful and unmanageable
  • Always thinking of work outside the workplace
  • Compulsive list making
  • Constantly talking about work
  • Working hours exceeding 40 hours (often 60 hours) with no days off or working on days off. (That includes checking emails)

 

STAGE 2

  • Cross addictions begin or become more apparent: Food, alcohol, smoking, coffee, drugs.
  • Work takes priority over relationships and spending time with family and other social commitments
  • Failed attempts of trying to reduce, control or manage working hours
  • Physically worn out, little or no time for exercise, sleep problems
  • Periods of comatose, staring into space, not mentally present

 

STAGE 3

  • Black outs at work or whilst driving
  • Depression, chest pains, anxiety, ulcers, high blood pressure
  • Stroke, heart attack
  • Complete emotional disconnection
  • Miserable or Suicidal
  • Death

Many self-help books promote reducing stress or time management as a solution which is like putting an Elastoplast / band aid on a head wound.

 

WHAT ARE 3 OF THE KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HARD WORKERS AND WORKAHOLICS

 

 


  1. WHAT ARE 3 OF THE KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HARD WORKERS AND WORKAHOLICS

    1. Hard workers keep work in check so they can be available to their family and friends. Workaholics believe that work is more important than anything else in their lives, including family and friends.
      Workaholics get excitement from meeting impossible demands. Hard workers don’t.
      3. Hard workers can take breaks from work while workaholics can’t. They think about work regardless of what they’re doing or who they’re with.

     

    With enhancements in technology and the fast pace environment of the 21st Century being a workaholic is often given praise or taken as a compliment in the corporate or business world. The harder you work the more successful you will become. Checking emails at 4 am or replying when on holiday is expected and there is fear of job insecurity if these expectations are not met.

     

    PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING TO HELP TO STOP OVERWORKING

    For those suffering with work addiction the solution is not as simple as just telling them to turn off their phone at weekends or leave their laptop at work. They are too far into denial of their addiction to see these as possibilities.

     

    The solution like any addiction is to recognise that the addictive substance or behaviour is just a symptom of something deeper and to work with the person as a whole.

     

    Without professional help or an appropriate support group as often, but not always, workaholics combine work with other addictions (cross addictions) cocaine, alcohol, smoking, sex, to name a few. Early intervention is the key before things spread too far and too much damage is done.

     

    The biggest challenges when trying to help a workaholic is that their default response and core belief is that they don’t have time!

    We have a huge amount of direct personal and professional experience in dealing with work addiction. We offer both one to one counselling and group therapy for work addiction treatment.

     

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