By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

All work and no play?
Put down the cellphone and read these tips for unplugging—and recharging.

By Sheila Warren, RN,
Gwinnett Medical Center 
Women’s Health Navigator

When it comes to work, there is a fine line between dedication and addiction.


Many people have a hard time separating their work life from their home life, and with the influx of new technology, the workday seems to never end as our cell phones continuously ping with new emails and messages.

Although being committed to your job is great, being a workaholic is not. As the old adage says, if you take time to “sharpen the saw”—to renew your focus—your work will go smoother when you come back to it.

Here are some signs that you might be a workaholic—and tips for creating a healthy work-life balance.

You might be a workaholic if…

… You can’t remember the last time you took a day off.

The Fix: Everyone needs a break – whether you’re feeling sick or thinking about a vacation, there’s a reason you are given those days off. Take them.

… You’re always saying yes. 

The Fix: Learn to say no. Think of it as an opportunity to let someone else shine in that role. And make sure you set aside time in your schedule for yourself. Learn to choose and prioritize the activities that will fill your day. It is important to spend time doing things that relax you and make you happy.

… You see your coworkers more than your family. 

The Fix: If you’re constantly missing family commitments, coming home late at night and working on the weekends, you and your family will benefit from some time off, even if it’s just coming home earlier one night a week for a family evening. 

… You do everyone’s job.

The Fix: Learn to delegate responsibilities – you have coworkers for a reason. Trust that your colleagues will follow through. Think of yourself as a mentor instead of the office “go-fer.”

… You can’t stop thinking about work.

The Fix: Vacations are no fun if your mind is still back at the office. Check your work brain at the door when spending time with your friends and family. 

Studies show that stress can be a factor for many physical and mental health conditions. And being a workaholic certainly adds to your stress! So put down the phone and turn off the computer. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and spend time doing activities you enjoy with the people you love.

How Gwinnett Medical Center Can Help
As Gwinnett Medical Center’s women’s health navigator, Sheila Warren is available for free wellness consultations. She can answer your health and wellness questions—about labor and lactation support, post-childbearing years, menopause and post-menopause. She can even assist with health-related questions for the children and men in your life. 

To schedule your free wellness consultation with Warren, call 678-671-2303.