Ease Into Peace: A Workaholic's Self-Care Reminder
by Jace Amodo, May 02, 2019 4:30pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
If you think mentioning in an interview that you're a workaholic will land you that job, you're right. Many industries thrive on hard-working individuals with little to no concern about their personal lives—it's a one-sided relationship, and we all know that's not healthy.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a workaholic as a "compulsive worker," and while it's mostly synonymous to positive words, its layers imply otherwise. Manillennials are familiar with it all: coming in early, skipping lunch, staying late—even working at home. The younger generation dives into and suffers from this hustle culture the most.
Being overzealous at work can pave way for big-ticket projects and put the “promotion spotlight” on you. However, you must bear in mind the physical (fatigue) and psychological (sanity) price of being a workaholic. If you know one or you are one, reconsider your priorities and save your sanity with these seven tips.
Stick to your working hours
We're not only talking about being the first person to time-in or the last one to leave (or both). Workaholics find it difficult to enjoy leisure time because they can't put their mind off an unfinished task or a project they want to begin immediately. There's no such thing as a work-life balance for them because work is life—it's a mindset that has to go. Putting on extra hours has consequences on your input and productivity—strategize your energy well.
Tweak your social media settings so you can stick to your working hours physically and mentally. Try to enjoy where you are, what you are doing, and who you are with.
Know your limits
Being overly enthusiastic at work is exhausting. Multitasking is a valuable skill, but taking on a large pile of tasks may take its toll on your health and may affect your goals.
Give online Pomodoro Technique timers a chance; This ingenious browser extension assists you in your time management, remind you to take short breaks, and allows you to track your working habits, therefore improving your process.
Everyone has a different maximum work limit their system can handle, and stretching yourself too thin to catch-up isn’t doing you any favor.
Learn to say no
The overwhelming stress from perfectionistic tendencies can cause employee productivity to drop and one’s health to show symptoms like constant headaches.
Work smarter, not harder nor longer. When in a constant battle between delivering plenty of half-assed work or few masterpieces, choose the latter. Knowing you did your best can leave you expecting praise or whatever form of flattery, and the lack of it can be emotionally freezing. So if you think it’s better to pass up on a task, learn to say no or negotiate with tasks and deadlines if need be.
You’ve probably heard of the “sitting is the new smoking” phrase, meaning sitting for long hours has as much health risks as smoking. And if that’s not enough, workaholics skip meals sometimes—a sad realization described in four words.
Don't leave it to caffeine to fuel your systems to work for extended hours. If you can't leave your desk, bite an apple or scoop a Greek yogurt, even try walnuts and avocados to boost your brain. Do simple stretches from your desk to get your blood flowing. Take good care of your body as it does for you.
Go for greens
Go for the moon, but also go for the greens. Professionals know how much difference the color green can make—it boosts productivity and calms your nerves. If on a desk job, switch the classic yellow notepad to a green one or change your desktop wallpaper into a cooler shade.
And because the color green is associated with nature, an office plant is a no-brainer. We've reached an era where Manillennials are obsessing over indoor plants such as succulents and aloe vera. Build a knack for urban gardening and start your #PlantParent journey with the help of indoor plant shops around Manila.
Ask for advice
You’re lucky if you’re led by a leader and not a boss; you're even luckier if you're working for an institution rather than a company that treats you like a replaceable robot. Many people subconsciously link their self-worth to their work. It’s like a bridge they cross to achieve emotional comfort and feelings of adequacy, which often results in anxiety and depression.
You can talk things out with your friends or family, but sorting out your emotions with a professional can be helpful. Don’t cross the bridge just when one comes to it. Conduct a healthy work mindset before it diminishes your ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Work, then play
Sitting for hours will have you (secretly) labeled as one of the office plants. Perhaps it's time to get a new hobby.
Better yet, unwind at the park. Make spending leisure time with your family or friends on rest days a priority—your vacation leaves are there for a reason. Find passionate people and hang out with them. Go watch inspiring films, have your “me time.”
Bottom-line is, your company doesn't always promise a work-life balance, and settling for it will only fill you with resentments. But having an outside interest can improve your lifestyle, and a happy worker never disappoints. Schedule an after-hours commitment. Celebrate life outside the office.