How to Wean Yourself from Being a Workaholic
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
If you find that you spend too much of your time working, your life may become much less satisfying than it once was and you may even suffer from burnout. It's easy to get caught up in your work. Sometimes you don't even realize it until it seems too late, but it's never too late to break out of the bad habit!
The Underlying Problem
Often times you may get swept up with your work because of an underlying problem. It's true that sometimes you're just getting too much pressure at work to get things done on time, but more often than not, you may find that you're using your work to hide from other problems.
Ask yourself these questions:
If you're overworking yourself because of financial reasons, you can only do it for so long. Sooner or later your mental and physical health will begin to suffer. You need to work hard with an end date in mind. If this doesn't work for you, perhaps it's time to find a better paying job.
If you're avoiding problems at home, you absolutely must concentrate on solving these problems. They aren't going to go away just because you've been escaping the situation. The only way things will improve is if you take action to resolve what's plaguing you.
Balance Out Your Life
Once you've solved any underlying problems, you'll want to bring balance back to your life. In order to wean yourself from your work, there are certain tips you can utilize to change your working habits.
Try some of these techniques:
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Remember that these changes don't have to happen all at once, but you can start incorporating them into your life one at a time. Your life simply can't be all about work. Remember to spend time doing activities that you enjoy besides work.
Take some time today to implement just one or two of these strategies and you'll soon realize that there is life outside of work!