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Workaholics Day

Posted on 7/5/2015 to News
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Ah, yes.  There is, indeed, a Workaholic's Day.  With nearly a dozen federal holidays each year and countless state holidays, it seems that we still can't find enough time in life to slow down and enjoy life as much as we probably should.  Workaholic's Day has become a light-hearted approach to encourage the die-hard workers out there to enjoy some down-time, even if it's for just a day.

The expression "workaholic" gets tossed around constantly. In the event that you work late, somebody calls you a compulsive worker. In the event that you choose to work a little more at home, somebody blames you for being a workaholic. If you say “no” to a lunch invite because you need to knock out a deadline, you get marked as a workaholic. While being aggressive with career goals, it is important to understand the difference between a committed worker and a workaholic.

A compulsive worker never "clocks out." They may physically be off work, but mentally a workaholic always has work on the brain, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Regardless of the possibility that they aren't in the office or in the field, workaholics’ thoughts spin around work issues and obligations. In the mind of an obsessive worker, few things are as important or fulfilling as working.

Being a workaholic implies that you leave no time for yourself to unwind, restore, and recover. You'll eventually run yourself to the ground, and you will, in the long run, reach burnout. Keep in mind that your well-being is essential. Working unreasonably long hours can cause unhealthy effects:

  • increased blood pressure
  • mental fatigue
  • tension
  • emotional breakdowns
  • decreased productivity (yes, working more can mean accomplishing less)

Today, more research suggests that one way to create deep-rooted wellbeing is through basic improvements in exercising, sleep, eating routines, and anxiety management. To help you transform toxic work habits, we've gathered some tips that are easy to work in and will help you achieve a positive work-life balance, no matter how big of a workaholic you may be.

Eat your fruits and vegetables

Dang't.  Mom was right.  You should eat your vegetables.  Aim for five servings of vegetables a day.  Fruits and vegetables with the boldest colors, for example, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes and leafy greens, tend to contain the highest concentration of nutritional values.

Plan your meals

The amount of food you consume in one sitting, the type of food, and the time of that sitting can greatly impact how your body digests the meal. Prepare a meal plan that compliments your work schedule to support your activities throughout the day.

Think positive and always be grateful

Your body accepts what you think, so concentrate on the positive. A positive mind supports positive affects upon the body.  Never forget to be thankful for what you have and give time to the things and people in your life that afford you that positivity.
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