Whether you call it social distancing, self-quarantine, or a mandated lock-down, many of us feel the psychological effects of our current reality. Time we once spent socializing, dining out, attending concerts and sporting events, has become downtime that has to be filled within the confines of our homes. Luckily, many of us have the opportunity to fill some of that time by working from home. But this, in itself, presents a psychological danger. When work is all that’s left to fill the empty hours, work addiction becomes a very real possibility.
In the fast-paced, high-stakes, always-on world of business today, work addiction is becoming a serious concern. It affects more than just your job. It creeps into your personal life and can have a dangerous impact on your mental and physical health. More and more professionals are experiencing the symptoms of over-work and stress that eventually lead to career burnout. But can that be called addiction? In a society that has always valued hard work and dedication, how do differentiate between the drive to succeed and a dangerous obsession?
The ubiquitous nature of modern communications technology has left us, more or less, permanently connected to each other. While this has gone a long way toward creating a truly global community of immeasurable value, it has also contributed to new work-related problems. When individuals feel anxious or guilty about not being available 24 hours a day to respond to work-related issues, they are in danger of succumbing to a newly recognized form of addictive behavior: work addiction. And, just like any other addiction, it can have serious consequences for your health, happiness, and personal relationships.
There are ways to recognize the signs and symptoms of work addiction. More importantly, there are simple and easy to implement ways to break the cycle and take back control of your life. This infographic can help.