The term workaholic is often used to describe someone who is always working. However, the reality is that a workaholic has an addiction to work. It gives them a high and work becomes more important than anything else in their life. In contrast, a person who works hard does so for all the right reasons; to be successful, to improve the quality of their life and to provide for their family. Unfortunately, there is a fine line between working hard and being a workaholic.
A workaholic is completely absorbed by work, never turning off or taking time out. Workaholics tend to deny they have a problem as they have little time for introspection. Many workaholics suffer health problems which are often ignored as they don’t want anything to get in the way of their work. This can lead to chronic conditions including stress and burnout.
The family of the workaholic also suffers as their needs are often ignored resulting in rejection issues and poor self esteem in children who feel they are not good enough to get attention. Children may also find it difficult to bond with a parent who is a workaholic, as they so rarely spend quality time together. Many workaholics also find it difficult to sustain relationships, as work consumes their entire life. A relationship cannot work if one partner is always absent or when they are at home, their thoughts are somewhere else.
The truth is that what may have started out as a healthy approach to working hard can easily turn into something which can have serious health implications and may result in you losing your family, or causing the end of your relationship. Like any addiction, if you are a workaholic, you may find it difficult to admit that you have a problem and even harder to ask for help.
The good news is that you can recover from being a workaholic and bring balance into your life. If you think you may be a workaholic take time to reflect on the consequences of your addiction. Admitting to yourself that you are a workaholic is the first step. Also consider seeking help to gain an understanding of why you operate in this way. This self knowledge will help you rebalance your life and adjust your priorities.