Is Workaholism a Real Disease?

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“Taking the time to shut everything off and enjoy some peace and quiet is critical to your health, regardless of your industry.”— Misti Burmeister

How is it that some people seem to get so much done, and somehow continue to look refreshed, centered, and happy? Are they doing yogo, mediation… drinking a bottle of red, or white wine? What gives? I want their prescription!

It can be challenging to recognize when you’re on the slippery slope of too much work and not enough play. It’s even harder to consciously take a step back, especially in the age of mobile technology.

For those super-achievers who thrive on a sense of accomplishment, it’s difficult to unplug from work and relax without feeling the need to check your phone.

Recently, I wrote a post about super-achievers on Wall Street who are quite literally working themselves to death. It’s become such an epidemic in the industry that three major banking institutions in New York have banned employees from the office for 40 hours each week (from 6 p.m. on Friday until 10 a.m. on Sunday).

Soon after I wrote this post, I decided to go for a walk. I had been writing for nearly six hours that morning, and considering the frigid temperatures this winter, I was eager to get outside and relax in the 60-degree weather.

I only had an hour until my next appointment, so I headed to the quarry – a beautiful lake near my home and a great place for reflection. Problem was, I spent nearly the entire walk looking at my phone, eagerly awaiting feedback on my blog post, which (ironically enough) I had titled “Dying for Acknowledgment, Literally.”

With 20 minutes left in my walk, my phone mysteriously died. I shook my head, giggled, and enjoyed my remaining time in the sunshine.

Taking the time to shut everything off and enjoy some peace and quiet is critical to your health, regardless of your industry. I’ve learned that one way to ensure you get this downtime is to leave your phone behind.

Join the Conversation: How do you relax and unplug from work?

Misti Burmeister, best-selling author of From Boomers to Bloggers: Success Strategies Across GenerationsHidden Heroes and Power Suck.

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