Does it pay to be a workaholic? More often than not. You may at most earn few words of appreciation from your less productive peers or a pat on the back from your boss but at what cost? Frankly speaking, workaholism is no longer respected and can have dire consequences. As per a noted organizational consultant of Colorado – “A workaholic will die faster than an alcoholic any day”.
Mind your obsession before it gets the better of you:
It is the obsession with work that creates the workaholic brand. Psychiatrists assign this as a coping strategy culminating from emotional problems including anxiety disorders, insecurity and depression.
Due to this, they love to remain engrossed in their work often at the expense of their health and personal life. Professional commitment takes precedence over personal commitment and it almost gets set into their DNA.
A report from GWI (Global wellness Institute) says that 54% of US employees did not avail the due leaves meaning they worked 662 million days more than they ought to do. This reluctance to take breaks from work impacts negatively on the productivity.
Researchers at Kansas State University surveyed workaholics who remain plugged in to work for 50+ hours per week and reported they follow worse diets, are in the habit of skipping meals and have more mood related problems or even worse suffering from depression. They found a link between overworking and a reduced state of physical and mental wellbeing.
From the given facts and stats, it is evident that the global workaholic population should seriously consider taking breaks from work before falling prey to serious physical and mental conditions, which would ultimately rob their obsession of unbounded working.
The irony of the fact is that most workaholics are oblivious of their own status of wellbeing unless some serious symptoms prevent them from sticking to their obsessed regime.
Understanding the value of wellness and vacations:
A study by the State University of New York at Oswego after surveying 12,000 men aged between 35 and 57 reported that those go for one vacation every year reduce the danger of death by 20%.
If a person is a workaholic, the damage done by the close claustrophobia of computers, papers, worksheets, countless phone calls and emails and decision matrices by which he/she is bound, sometimes become irreparable.
Today vacations are considered a necessity of life and not a mere luxury driven event Vacation enhances health, happiness, productivity and the overall quality of life. It could bring groundbreaking changes in one’s life making it more creative and elastic.
Wellness oriented tourism – a better vacationing choice:
For the workaholics to get back the desired shape and spirit, wellness oriented vacations would make a lot of difference in their quality of life. They need to be convinced about the importance of being well in all respects. They need to understand that life should be nurtured to bloom in every sphere and not be driven by a particular obsession.
Wellness induced tourism is emerging fast with new facets as people have learned to value wellness. If you are a workaholic, it is high time to get into this trend to prolong your productivity as well as appreciate a better quality of life.
While confined within the walls, workaholics seldom care for their wellness. Faulty eating habits, erratic sleeping schedule and long hours of desk work are common. The result is often hypertension, depressed mood and, of course, obesity which they remain oblivious of.
Therefore, choosing for a wellness vacation would be a better choice to retune the body and mind. While on a wellness trip, you eat healthy, sleep properly and engage in activities soothing for your stressed body and mind. Most importantly, all your activities are guided by trained experts.
It is not that you would be pushed to a rigorous residential school like schedule but it allows you to do what you want to do without any strings of commitment attached. This emotional freedom is necessary to bring back the harmony of mind and body, which would lead to enhanced productivity and creativity.
Spiritual activities in wellness trips are added advantage:
Spiritual activities like yoga and mindfulness meditation form an integral part of wellness tourism. It is often observed that after coming from a retreat, a person turns mentally tranquil and rejuvenated. Such retreats have been very much beneficial for workaholics. They enable them to uncoil and reorganize their physical and mental setting.
They do not feel drained out emotionally and physically. A short trip amid pristine surroundings brings fulfillment. It sets the equilibrium of life which was beginning to get unsettled by workaholic routine.
Researchers at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University in the United States have stumbled upon a new finding that in people going for spiritual retreats, a transformation takes place in their grey matter.
Retreats trigger the ‘ feel good ‘ dopamine and serotonin in the human brain which is intimately related to happy emotions. The subjects under study after coming back from spiritual retreats have expressed pronounced improvements in their physical and mental health.
Initially, you may not be inclined to get into such activities but the ambience itself becomes so inspiring that stimulates a fresh flow of creativity driving you to persuade all good and healthy activities.
Finally, it would also make you realize that nothing disastrous is going to happen if you take breaks from your work. On the other hand, with renewed vigor, you will find life more meaningful and enjoyable.