Most of us think that those two are closely related… well… in fact, it’s interchangeable. If you work a lot, you are a workaholic. Is it? You might be onto something if you think this way in most cases. However, working long hours does NOT make you a workaholic (or vice versa).
working long hours does NOT make you a workaholic (or vice versa).
“Workaholic” was first fabricated by the psychologist Wayne E. Oates in 1971. Also, the definition of “workaholic” based on Wikipedia is as follows,
"A workaholic is a person who works compulsively."
It means that the person works and thinks of works incessantly. If he/she doesn’t work, he/she feels guilt, anxious, and restless.
So … what’s wrong with “workaholic” syndrome? It raises the anxiety level and pushes you to have a unhealthy life style path such as drinking in order to release the pressure caused by workaholism. In the end, it increases the risk of having cardiovascular diseases due to the unhealthy eating and resting patterns. In addition, various psychosomatic symptoms occur along side with it. Your mental health will suffer as well.
Working Long Hours
It’s just simply that … “working long hours”. If you work long hours but you can switch it off … meaning that you can switch from “work” mode to “non-work” mode (family time, exercising time, dinner time, … etc) easily. If you can disengage from work whenever you want then … even if you work extreme long hours (90+ hours per week), you will be able to control your life and improve your health easily.
Again, we don’t suggest you work long hours if you can avoid but if you do need to do so, the only thing you need (and need to pay attention to) is to “rest” more. Getting enough rests as much as you can since … you are mentally healthy but physically might not be the case since you are restless physically. However, as long as you can find a way to get enough rests, the working long hours life style won’t affect you too much.
As long as you can find a way to get enough rests, the working long hours life style won’t affect you too much.
Apps Help You Get Quality Sleeps
Now you know the difference between “workaholic” and “working long hours”, so … we should find a way to solve some issues caused by “working long hours”. For “workaholism”… well… it’s sort of relating to the psychological issue… so … better seek for support and see a therapist for that. However, for “working long hours”, we do have some suggestions as follows,
1) Sleep Cycle
2) Sleep Time
4) Relax & Sleep Well
Happy working & good resting ~~~!