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National Workaholics Day

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Today, July 5th is National Workaholics Day. The term “Workaholic” is defined as a person who compulsively works hard and long hours.  If you’re a workaholic, you probably have a strong passion for what so do. You are the Boss’s go-to person, the person everyone can count on to get the job done. However, it is possible that you can work yourself to negative health effects. You may spend so much time working that you neglect some of the important things in life such as socializing with friends for missing sentimental events in your family-life. Being a workaholic has its pro’s and con’s but today is made to celebrate you and all the things that make you special.

Though there are many cons to working really hard, workaholics may suffer from working too hard. Impaired brain and cognitive function, stress and anxiety can all stem from overworking and loss of sleep. If you are experiencing and of these signs than you might be a workaholic. Here are some signs that may indicate that you are a workaholic followed by a list of suggestions that may be helpful to help you manage these traits.

  • You prioritize work over hobbies, leisure activities, and exercise.
  • You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
  • You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
  • You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness, and depression.

Managing your Workaholic-ism

  • Foster a culture of appropriate boundaries, work/life balance and engagement as this will help everyone be productive, energized, and creative.
  • Find your intrinsic motivation for working that’s healthy. Ask yourself, What makes the work meaningful? What enjoyment do you derive from work?  What’s your purpose?  Leaders need to know why you get out of bed, and it usually isn’t to hit a target or make money.

According to nationaldaycalendar.com the way to observe NATIONAL WORKAHOLICS DAY is

“A healthy work-life means more to our well-being than just a paycheck! Today, take some time off to relax, slow down a little bit and maybe schedule a vacation for you and your family. Be sure to use #NationalWorkaholicsDay on social media to shout out to those you know who are workaholics.” Meaning take a break, go out and get some fresh air, focus on the things you like to do outside of the office like spending time with friends and family. Be sure to enjoy yourself, you deserve it!

References:

Barron, K. (2013, July 9). Being a workaholic has advantages and disadvantages. The American Genius. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://theamericangenius.com/entrepreneur/being-a-workaholic-has-advantages-and-disadvantages/

National Day Calendar. (2022, July 1). NATIONAL WORKAHOLICS DAY - July 5. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-workaholics-day-july-5/

Kramer, J. (2016, May 31). There’s a Serious Downside to Being a Workaholic. Glamour. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://www.glamour.com/story/theres-a-hiddenand-seriousdownside-to-being-a-workaholic

Team, W. A. (2020, August 5). Six signs you’re a workaholic – and how to deal with it. WeAreTheCity. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://wearethecity.com/six-signs-youre-a-workaholic-and-how-to-deal-with-it/

Malik, H. (2022, July 10). NATIONAL WORKAHOLICS DAY. National Today. Retrieved August 5, 2022, from https://nationaltoday.com/national-workaholics-day/

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