Workaholism does not heal on its own. If you suffer from its grip, take steps to heal it by looking at the big picture and connecting with your values.

My own journey to heal my workaholism began when my father gave me the book called Happy for No Reason. He thought I was depressed. At the time, all I could think was I am too anxious and stressed with work to even think about being depressed. I let that book lie for quite a while. About 3 years ago, I picked it up and began to read.

Looking back, I realize that I started reorganizing how I viewed my own identity based on what I learned from that book. I no longer laughed and called myself a workaholic as if it were who I was. I chose to no longer brush off my workaholism. I moved towards making real changes to enhance my quality of life. I realized it would not go away on its own. Here is what I learned in that process.

A 3-Step Approach to Healing Workaholism

1. Focus on the big picture – It can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to change your workaholic habits. Instead, look at who you are being that is causing this mental affliction to persist. Understand how you want to move through life. Who do you want to be? Find what creates purpose and meaning for you. You can work through this in many ways with helpful tools like visualization and journaling.

2. Align vision to values – In developing a strong vision for who you want to be, it is critical to be able to answer why it is important to you. Connect to your values to strengthen your commitment to see your vision realized. The key here is digging deep to understand what are your core values and being able to easily declare them. Engage in awareness exercises on your own or with the support of others to help bring this clarity.

3. Live your values – Put your values into practice. Values can be internal guideposts that let you know if you are moving in the right direction. If you value your vitality, working to a point of exhaustion would not be living this value. Whereas, if you set boundaries on your work hours so you get proper rest, you come into alignment with your vision and practice your value of vitality. For some inspiration, refer to the he VIA Institute which provides practical examples of how to put values in practice.

The beauty of the above steps is that when you align your vision to your values it naturally leads to inspired action. Instead of feeling stuck in your workaholic habits, you will find the process becomes solution-focused and more effortless.

Enjoy experiencing your unique vision and connecting with your values.