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Certainly there is no shame in working hard and making a good living, but some certain people may find it difficult to strike a healthy balance between work and the other aspects of life. In fact, some people wear their careers as their identities, working extra long hours, eating at the office or even sleeping there! 

National Workaholics Day is here to act as a reminder that a good and healthy balance in life is worth striving for.

History of National Workaholics Day

While the concept of being a workaholic may follow humans back throughout history, the word “workaholic” was likely coined in the 1940s. The earliest printed use of the term can be found in the Toronto Star newspaper in 1947. The word was used as a play off of the word “alcoholic” which was first used almost a century prior by a Swedish physician.

Although the term “workaholic” may be thrown about in a casual manner, in some people it can actually manifest itself as a psychological disorder in which the person has an addiction or dependency on work that goes far beyond an average person’s sense of work ethic.

National Workaholics Day was founded to draw attention to the body and mind’s need for rest and balance in life. The hope is that people who tend toward workaholism will consider some different activities they can get involved with.

How to Observe National Workaholics Day

Get involved with National Workaholics Day by participating in some of these important activities:

Try a New Hobby or Activity

The best way to celebrate National Workaholics Day might be to do something that is completely and utterly outside of work! Join a chess club. Sign up for mountain climbing lessons. Take an art class. Do something away from work and outside if possible. Doing it together with someone can also be a great way to commit to spending time with a friend or family member who may feel ignored or sidelined recently.

Learn More About Workaholism 

Just various other addictions, people who are workaholics might not be willing to face that they have a problem because their activities and actions seem necessary to them. Those who have a family member, friend or coworker who may show signs of being workaholic could try to learn more about it. In honor of National Workaholic Day, consider some of these important signs and facts:

  • Excessive work hours and always willing to make more time for work

  • Work dysmorphia – dissatisfaction with career or job even after having achieved great success

  • Difficulty keeping or maintaining relationships outside of the workplace, including family, marriage or other relationships

  • Constantly needing to be connected to or available for work through phone calls, texts, emails, etc.

Get Professional Help

Certainly, there is a difference between struggling with work-life balance and being a true workaholic. Those who are concerned may want to use National Workaholics Day as a motivator to get help from a doctor, counselor, other mental health professional or life coach to get some assistance in getting back on track with the way life should be!

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