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5 Ways to Break the Workaholic Habit

Do you have anxiety? Feel like you don't have enough time? Aren't sure what your kids are doing these days? You may be a workaholic. If you have overextended yourself at work, you may be in a downward spiral. Let us help.
April Adams, FamilyShare Modified: July 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm •  Published: July 4, 2014

In our 9 to 5 work culture we often celebrate workaholism. While a hardworking attitude can go a long way in your career, overworking can lead to addictive behavior that can hurt your personal life. Maintaining that work/life balance is a key component to ensuring you lead the healthiest life possible. Perfecting this balance is a major challenge that many modern worker’s face in the pursuit of healthier relationships both inside and outside of the workplace. Let’s take a look at 5 highly practical ways you can break a workaholic habit.

1. Set firm boundaries

One of the major ways workaholic habits form is by not setting clear boundaries with an employer — even if that employer is you. Come up with a set work schedule and stick to it. Have a one-on-one with your boss explaining that you need to set this boundary. The goal here is to not completely avoid having to work overtime, but rather to make working extra hours the exception, not the rule.

2. Disconnect

Yes, it is true. We can rely too much on our electronic devices, apps and websites. When you’re not working, disconnect from the Internet. Turn off your phone so social media, email and other highly addictive apps do not distract you. Embrace this idea that it’s actually OK for you to be completely unreachable sometimes. Obviously, you’ll want to approach this responsibly. Be sure to let your managers and employers know you’ll be unreachable for specific chunks of time.

3. Spend time outdoors

Get outside. Go for a hike. Take a vacation that will allow you to disconnect. Have a picnic with your family in the park. The idea is to get out of your normal environment and get some fresh air. Make this a big part of your regular rhythm. This is a great way to reduce stress, exercise and spend quality time with loved ones or yourself.

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