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Workaholic Day

The word, workaholic, is a combination of the words "work" and "alcoholic," a term popularized during the 1960's.

As an unofficial holiday that is celebrated on July 5 of each year, Workaholic Day recognizes the fact that many people are inclined to work to much, get tired and stressed out, and should learn to take breaks and relax. Excessive work can create mental and/or physical health issues such as depression, anxiety, strokes, heart attacks, and other maladies.

A workaholic is a person who is obsessed, or may be addicted, to working. He or she often spends days, weeks or even months on a particular job or project without taking a day off. They can't bring themselves to take a day off because they don't know how to relax and enjoy time to themselves or with their family.

Sometimes people mistake being a workaholic for ambition. It doesn't have anything to do with being ambitious. It is often a compulsive, uncontrollable urge to work, work, work and they block out the need to take time off. They often become so engrossed in what they are doing that they are unaware that they are working so much.

Many workaholics are also insomniacs. They may work countless hours each day, without a break, and when they do go to bed, stay awake most of the night thinking about the job, or project, that they are working on. They can become alcoholics and/or develop drug dependencies.

Workaholics don't just neglect themselves, but they often neglect their families and, outside of work, don't maintain new social relationships or cultivate new ones. They tend to be anxious and have low self-esteem.

The purpose of Workaholic Day is to encourage people not to get so caught up in work, whether it is on a job or running their own business. It is a day to take a look at the possibility of modifying your work schedule to make it easier and more beneficial to yourself and to make lifestyle changes that give consideration to other aspects of your life.

Workaholic Day is not meant to encourage you to stop working altogether, but it does suggest that you learn to recognize when it is time to take a day off or to take a vacation.

How do you know if you are a workaholic? Ask yourself these questions.

(1) Do you work more than 8 hours a day, everyday?

(2) Do you volunteer to work weekends and holidays when you don't necessarily need the extra money?

(3) If you are running your own business, are you always worried about leaving someone else in charge and/or do you think that your business can't function without you so you feel that you can't take a day off?

(4) Do you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about your job, projects that need to be completed, or whether you are making the right business decisions?

(5) Do you schedule a vacation or days off and then cancel it because you are afraid you will get behind?

(6) Do you make excuses to stay at work--such as it's fun or you like being around your co-workers?

(7) Do your co-workers joke about the amount of time you spend at work?

(8) Are you always absent from family dinners, parties, and other events because you are at work?

If you answer yes to these questions, you may be a workaholic.

Since Workaholic Day is not a legal holiday and you probably won't get paid if you take it off, you can take a vacation day if it doesn't fall on a Saturday or Sunday following the 4th of July, which is a legal holiday.

 

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