Here are even more reasons to maintain a healthy work life balance. Researchers at Norway’s University of Bergen have found a link between being addicted to work and anxiety.
The team looked at more than 16,000 workers across the country, and found that nearly 8% who classified as workaholics were also significantly more likely to suffer from OCD, ADHD, depression and anxiety.
Working extreme hours also takes a toll on the body. As Health notes, a 2015 Lancet study found that people who worked more than 55 hours a week were at a higher risk of both heart attack and stroke.
How do you know if you are a workaholic? The researchers looked at how to draw the line between “excessive enthusiasm” and “addiction,” by identifying behavior patterns associated with people who are addicts:
These criteria involve being totally preoccupied by work (salience), using work to alleviate emotional stress (mood modification), gradually working longer and longer hours to get the same mood modifying effects (tolerance), suffering emotional and physical distress if unable to work (withdrawal), sacrificing other obligations (personal relationships with partner and children, social activities, exercising, etc.) because of work (conflict), desiring or attempting to control the number of hours spent working without success (relapse), and suffering some kind of harm or negative consequence as either a direct or indirect result of the excessive working (problems).
In other words, workaholism is a real condition, but treatment—involving things like therapy and establishing boundaries in the workplace—can help those who are suffering from it. Discuss
It was last summer that beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide after a decades-long battle with depression and addiction, and this weekend, his 26-year-old daughter Zelda spoke out about her own struggle. In an Instagram post, she encouraged followers who may also suffer from depression to hold on to hope of better days, even during the most difficult times.
Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don’t resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It’s not easy. In fact, I’d say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is. And for those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel, but if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be.