September 8, 2010
Many of us are so busy pursuing and achieving excellence at work. Have we become achieve-aholics? Is all this striving actually keeping us from self-actualization?
Many women who lost jobs in the recent recession say the ordeal actually helped them reconnect with themselves. The downtime has given them the chance to reflect.
"I was always busy," says Dominique Browning, editor of the now defunct House & Garden and author of Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness, who wrote about her experience in the New York Times. "I didn't want time to think things over, things like feeling guilty about spending more time with my office mates than with my children or feeling disappointed in love. The demands of my job kept me distracted."
Are you a workaholic or on the verge of getting burned out? Take this quiz and find out.
Not taking a break from the office can lead to fatigue, risk for costly mistakes, lost time with loved ones and even increased expectations at work, says the Mayo Clinic.
Take a moment for yourself. Women Unlimited suggests you unplug from the Internet, listen to your body, constantly reassess your life goals and ask for help.
Bonus PINK Link: Work/Life balance is a myth for many people. Sometimes letting it flow is the best option.
By Muriel Vega
"You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve." Mary Kay Ash