Do Not Linger at Work: How Dangerous is Workaholism

Everyone has a friend to whom it is impossible to call or add. And it’s not even an invitation to a walk or dinner, except to agree on it in six months. Because work, work, meetings, business calls, a diary painted to the second. And rest is also for work – only the lazy do not look at the work mail during the weekend.

Maybe a “workaholic friend” is about you? Then you definitely do not need to cite metaphors and talk about hanging out at work, you know everything yourself. And most likely, you hear on the one hand admiration for your workaholism, on the other – the pleas of friends and relatives to exhale at least a little and not think about work for at least a few minutes.

If you belong to the workaholic caste, you should listen to your friends and relatives. Hard work is definitely a plus, as long as it does not exceed a certain limit. Beyond that limit, problems begin.

Find out why workaholism benefits your boss, your wallet, and not you personally.

Why workaholism is dangerous

At first, more or less obvious: workaholics often ignore healthy sleep (“Six hours is still good The fact that lack of rest and rest at the end of the week is harmful, cheap food is the cause of overweight, as well as many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, just as everyone knows, as the lack of physical development. Unfortunately, such information does not stop at the top workers, and they often carry out clinical problems until they become extraordinary. Several investigations link workaholism to alcohol abuse. It is simpler for individuals who are continually behind schedule for work and finish it at home than for the individuals who are not all that drained.  Alcohol can create the illusion of dulling stress and provide the necessary relaxation, but it is a strong depressant. So already tired at work, pouring this fatigue alcohol, do not do better.

In addition to physical problems, workaholics also face mental disorders – much more often than their “lazy” colleagues.

Norwegian researchers have examined in detail the mental side of workaholism. They interviewed more than 16,000 workers between the ages of 16 and 75, identifying unambiguous workaholics among them. Specialists paid attention to the people who were “addicted to work” (1287 people).

It has been found that every third person who is late for work suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is manifested in problems with concentration, inability to focus on one thing, distraction, and impulsive actions that are difficult to control. Among those who are not workaholics, such a disorder occurred much less frequently: only 13% suffered from it.

Also, about a quarter of workaholics have obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is characterized by constant obsessions (obsessions) that frighten and disturb. People with this disorder get rid of these thoughts through obsessive repetitive actions. And, again, in “lazy” OCD diagnosed much less often than in those who can not imagine their lives without work.

Researchers have also found that addicts are more likely to suffer from fever, headaches, and stomach problems. Workaholics also have an increased risk of depression – it is four times higher than those who work moderately.

Experts believe that workaholism should be included in the manual for the diagnosis and statistics of mental disorders.

What to do to workers

To begin with, to realize the problem, and not to pretend that working 24/7 – is perfectly normal and will pass without consequences. If there have been alarm bells more than once – consult a specialist.

For its part – to review their own working day, traditionally – to allocate more time for rest. Less fast food snacks on the way to the office, more mobility. Try to separate leisure from work: teach yourself not to look at work mail during the holidays (or at least do it not as often as usual), pay attention to your own hobbies. And – it is important! – that these hobbies were not adding reports.

Work in moderation, rest in comfort, take care of yourself, and be happy.

Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter