How to treat work addiction? Tips from a work addict

The pressures of a global recession. The need to produce more for ego-satisfaction. Or simply the need to work as a distraction from inner pain. Call it what you will, work addiction is endemic to our society. So what are some tips for workaholics? How can we manage work addiction?

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(Please comment to extend this list. It is by no means exhaustive)

1. A never-ending list of “things to do”
2. Lack of a social life
3. 60+ hours per week spent working, or thinking about work
4. Glazed, lackluster eyes
5. Shallow, short breathing pattern


1. Daily meditation

This is crucial for separating WHO YOU ARE from WHAT YOU DO. When we always identify with what we do, we create a mistruth for ourselves in our conscious thinking. Sit quietly and look inside. Any method will do. Just choose one and keep digging.

2. 30 minutes of daily exercise

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3. Laugh on purpose

If you are an addict and if you are addicted to work, you must take the time to consciously lighten up and loosen up. Schedule time with people who make you laugh, download your favorite TV shows or rent comedy films. sometimes, laughter is the best medicine.

4. Get enough rest

If you’re chronically overworked, you are less efficient. The Germans figured this out and have realistic standards for their workforce…maximize your time to accomplish 75% of your work, invest 25% of your time at work in personal interest and be sure to take lots of time OFF! Work smarter instead of longer.

5. Spend time with people who do not understand your work

This will force you to actually talk about OTHER THINGS. And socializing with people who are NOT in your line of work will may help you develop more interests.

6. Set a stopping time

And keep it. Don’t give in to the feeling that everything is crucial. Even Mahatma Ghandhi said, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” so, set a stopping time each day and turn off your work. Walk away and don’t look back.


Do you have any other ideas to share? And/Or stories about your own personal work addiction? Please comment with your personal tales, practices and ideas.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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