Workaholic as a Harmful Health Behavior

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Workaholicas a Harmful Health Behavior


Workaholicas a Harmful Health Behavior

Healthplays an important role not only in an individual life but also tothe society as a whole. It is the reason that many believe orsubscribe to the view that a healthy nation is indeed a wealthynation, and I am no exemption. Individuals make the family which inturn is the basic unit of the society and a country at large.Personal health is determined by a variety of factors such as age,genetics and family history among other factors. Moreover, lifestylealso impacts the health of an individual where actions such asexercising, eating habits, work habits and regular screen tests amongothers also determine an individual health. The dimensions ofwellness or health are varied and can be perceived from a variety ofangles. They include emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual,financial, environmental, cultural as well as occupational. It is,thus, paramount that one analyzes and determines the health statusobjectively and notes down the areas that might show discrepanciesprompting improvement and actions by the concerned parties. However,this paper presents an analysis of workaholic that is harmful tohealth and ways that the person tries to change or modify the statusthrough a detailed plan.

Thefirst step in changing behavior is for one to recognize and state inreality the actions that one intends to change (Cooper, 2017). It ishard for people to change habits and behaviors that they are used to,hence, people terming change as equal as a rest. It, thus, compelsthe interested individuals to try and follow a recognized personalplan. One that would help go through the change path with easeresulting in ultimate goals and objectives as initially stated.Failure to create a plan might lead to unfulfilled promises.Moreover, obliteration of the plan makes the intended change processdifficult to fulfill. A workaholic is described as a person thatvalues the work more than other relevant factors in life such asfamily and health even when it affects and impacts a personnegatively. Workaholics experience joyless and consuming workresulting in an addiction that negatively affects them. During theirfree time, they have nothing else to do such as engaging in othersocial activities. For example, being entertained or participating ina social event such as charity incident among others. They aredescribed simply as those that eat, think, and sleep contemplatingabout their work, and nothing else occupies their minds.

Theproblem affects thousands, and I am no exclusion. It is the reasonthat I have stated the following plan that would help me try andchange the addictive behaviors. It has proved to be unhealthy notonly in the present but also in the long-term. Some people describethe body as a machine that requires rest and servicing to enhance itsperformance. Therefore, resting or moving away from work in thecontext of resting and refreshing is encouraged (Malinowska &ampTokarz, 2013). Particularly to those having the challenge and havebecome workaholics. The plan that I have stated or put in placeinclude monitoring my behavior and gathering data about my habitsrelated to work and other social events. Next, analyzing the data andidentifying patterns that are shared and rare. It is followed bysetting up goals that are simple, measurable, achievable, andrealistic as well as time-bound to help overcome the workaholicchallenge. Lastly, devising a plan of action and concluding bymaking a personal contract (Insel, Roth &amp Insel, 2016).

Thefirst step in the plan is monitoring my behavior and gathering databy documenting down events. I would collect data such as the timethat I get to work and the time that I leave work. Moreover, what andhow I behave at work not only with my colleagues but also the tasksthat I am supposed to fulfill at the workplace. I would also assembledata that notes how I relate to family and the time that I create forthe family. Amongst other social events that are helpful to myhealth and well-being such as engaging in exercise activities. Iwould gather such data for two weeks to ensure that no biases areexhibited in the process. It enhances the credibility of the processin delivering a credible and factual data for analysis to address theproblem objectively. It is among the most critical and importantprocesses that I would engage in as it determines and shapes theother processes and steps in addressing the problem of workaholicholistically.

Thesecond step in the plan is analysis of the data that I would havegathered. I would look at the frequency of patterns or specificactions as well as the common occurrences and events that keep meengaged in work resulting to the problem. For example, the analyzeddata would indicate the most common event or actions that I do at myfree time such as lunch and tea breaks among other free times. Theresults of the analyzed data would be the turning point in choosingthe right and appropriate decisions that I can implement to initiatethe desired changes and reverse the workaholic status. It would alsoindicate my personality and behavioral characteristics that limit mefrom engaging in other activities as opposed to thinking about workat all the times. I might consult professional services in theanalysis and recording of the patterns in the analysis.

Third,in the plan, I would develop goals that would guide me in theshort-term and long-term and ensure that I overcome the challengethat I have of workaholic. For example, I will set a goal such asdouble the time I spent with family and engage in exercises in thenext one month. Also, leave work on time as other colleagues in thenext one month and not to accomplish any office work from home in thenext two months. The goals have to be simple, measurable, achievable,and realistic as well as time-bound (SMART). SMART goals wouldenhance my chances of overcoming the workaholic behavior.

Fourth,I would devise a plan of action. It would entail the exact measuresthat I would take to ensure that the workaholic changing goals arerealized. For example, actively get involved in exercise three timesa week during my free time after work, which is on Monday, Wednesday,and Friday. Also, spend the first four weekends with my family andfriends socializing by visiting different places from the workenvironment.

Finally,I would make a personal contract with the plan and commit myself tothe stated and listed actions that have to be done. They help realizethe desired goals of overcoming the workaholic behavioral challengethat is threatening my health. I would agree with my inner soul andconscience to adhere to the stated plans for the better. And, prepareme mentally for the challenge as it would not be easy but wouldrequire commitment and sacrifice to realize the desired goals ofchanging the workaholic behavior. The personal contract, thus, wouldbe the encouraging point and inner drive that would push me torealize the changes. It is imperative to note that change does notcome easy and, therefore, the personal contract and believe in selfwould play a critical role.

Inconclusion, healthy behaviors have proved critical for individualsand families in the short and long-term. As the saying goes thatpreventionis better than cure,people have to support engaging in healthy activities and lifestyles.Those that can prevent the development of health complications andworkaholic not exempted among the unhealthy behavior. Life entailsmore than work, and it involve many other issues, hence striking abalance between work and other social needs such as family and healthis encouraged. People have to analyze their lifestyles and findbehaviors that are harmful, and institute measures as noted abovethat can help them change and overcome the challenging.


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