What you can do to address work addiction

BY Melissa Day

17th Oct 2023 Health

3 min read

What you can do to address work addiction
A work addiction can be difficult to break and can disrupt your work-life balance. Here's how you can address a work addiction
Idris Elba has revealed that he has been seeing a therapist for a year, to tackle “unhealthy habits” linked to being a “workaholic”, something which he has been rewarded for. Melissa Day, Therapist at Niroshini 360 explains that as people push themselves to work harder and for longer hours, they are sacrificing their mental and physical health in the process.

The glorification of workaholism

One of the fundamental causes of workaholism, lies in the belief that an individual's value and self-worth are intricately tied to their performance at work. This belief is often reinforced by societal and cultural norms that glorify and reward individuals who sacrifice their personal lives and devote extensive hours to their jobs. Consequently, many individuals feel compelled to conform to these norms, even at the expense of their own mental and physical well-being.
" It is essential to recognise that genuine self-worth and value originate from within"
However, it is essential to recognise that genuine self-worth and value originate from within, rather than being dependent on external factors. Seeking assistance from a therapist or counsellor can prove beneficial in addressing the underlying beliefs and patterns that contribute to work addiction.

Toxic culture of productivity

The current work and reward culture is fuelling this work addiction mindset, making it difficult to enjoy life outside of work. As a result of this trend in today's fast-paced world, the concept of ‘soft life’ has become increasingly important. Soft life refers to a lifestyle that values comfort. Sadly, the idea of soft life has been lost in the toxic culture of productivity that has taken over society.

Origins of soft life

#softlife has over a billion views on TikTok. The soft life movement originated in places such as Nigeria and other regions of the African continent but gained popularity through African American women, often portrayed as fictional characters on television.

Sustainable wellness

Taking the time to recharge and unwind is not only beneficial for our mental health but also for our healthy productivity and creativity. Embracing a soft life means prioritising self-care and taking breaks when necessary, without feeling guilty or ashamed. It means recognising that our worth is not tied to our productivity and that we are allowed to enjoy life outside of work.
" Embracing a soft life means prioritising self-care and taking breaks when necessary"
To lead a comfortable life, means embracing a more gratifying and contented existence. It is rooted in the pursuit of sustainable wellness. It’s about having a clear direction in life, pursuing a career or business that aligns with personal aspirations and prioritising holistic well-being. This starts by cultivating a positive mindset and acknowledging the deservingness of having a soft life.

Prioritise your holistic wellbeing

After a long day at work, it's important to take time for yourself to unwind and recharge. Here are some tips to help you relax and de-stress after work:
Nature can have a calming effect on the mind. The sounds of birds singing, leaves rustling and water flowing can help to soothe the nervous system and promote relaxation. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can also improve cognitive function, creativity and overall feelings of happiness. Soaking in a warm bath can also help ease tense muscles and calm your mind. It's a perfect way to unwind and pamper yourself after a long day. 
"After a long day at work, it's important to take time for yourself to unwind and recharge"
Listening to 432hz healing sound frequencies can also be an effective way to reduce stress and improve your mood. Try creating a relaxing playlist and take some time to listen to it and unwind. Short meditation sessions, in addition to these frequencies, are a great way to build a habit of daily meditation which can lead to long-term benefits such as reduced stress, improved focus and increased self-awareness.
Give yourself the opportunity to disconnect from the constant barrage of notifications and distractions. This gives your brain a chance to rest and recharge which in turn can lead to increased focus, creativity and productivity. Additionally, taking a break from your phone can help improve your sleep quality, as the blue light emitted from screens can interfere with your body's natural sleep rhythms.
Remember, it's important to take time for yourself to unwind and recharge after a long day at work. Find what works for you and make it a part of your daily routine.
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