5. Alcohol and nicotine addiction
Human beings aren’t machines that can keep on working for hours without rest, relaxation and recreation. To tackle high work pressure and stress, workaholics get into the habit of smoking and drinking, which gives them momentary relief but harms their health severely.
Studies show that alcohol and tobacco are the top causes of preventable deaths in the US.
But research also shows that drinking in moderate amounts prevents heart diseases. Moderation is the key here. As a rule, men should limit themselves to not more than two drinks a day and women (not pregnant) to one drink a day.
6. Regularly working longer than your colleagues
Typically, workaholics will log in before their colleagues and log out way after others are done. In many cases, they log back in after office hours and continue working late into the night. Overworking is one of the most prominent habits of a workaholic.
Does long hours mean more productivity? Studies suggest otherwise. A research carried out by Stanford University shows that there is a sharp drop in productivity for people working longer than 50 hours a week.
Self care, breaks and relaxation boost productivity, exerts say.
7. Family time is negligible
“You are never around” Or “I never see you”- do you hear these phrases often? If yes, then it’s time to evaluate your work-life balance. Your personal relationships suffer the most because of your work addiction. Workaholics aren’t able to say “no” to their work and this often leads to missing out on important milestones in their family life, like anniversary and children’s birthday parties. Beware, your family will drift away from you if you don’t make time for them.
Being married to your job doesn’t do well for your relationship with your spouse. Soon marital problems begin to surface. Studies show that divorce rates are higher in marriages where one or more partner is a workaholic and children with workaholic parents are more prone to anxiety and depression.
8. No relaxation time
“All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery, and openness to change and flexibility and hinders innovation and invention.”- Joline Godfrey
One of our natural bodily needs is to relax, have fun and just spend some time enjoying and laughing, completely forgetting our problems.
Your work is supposed to give you satisfaction but not at the cost of your comfort. You’ll be amazed at how your mood is uplifted when you spend some time in the ambiance of fun, laughter and jokes. So make sure you gift yourself that from time to time!
9. Never taking holidays
One of the saddest habits of a workaholic is that they never take leaves. When was the last time you took a day off and just enjoyed the time with your loved ones? Workaholics aren’t able to forget about their work and feel anxious about falling behind, hence they hardly ever take holidays. What’s worse is that they try to go to work even when they are sick.
10. Neglect Appearance
Workaholics are so engrossed in their work that they forget to take care of their appearance. Their neglect reflects in their dressing style and grooming. And shabby appearance is not appreciated anywhere! However, if they feel that their appearance is an obstacle in getting ahead in their career, then they try to fix it.
Your physical appearance is the first thing people notice and judge, it’s a reflection of who you are. So make sure you pay attention to your appearance.