DEAR DEIDRE: I PUSHED my ex-girlfriend away because I am a workaholic and gym addict and now I’m full of regret.
She wanted us to spend weekends away and nights out together. But I was so focused on myself that I would make excuses.
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I would say it was too expensive, when I actually just wanted to perfect a work presentation or get in some extra training.
I am 31 and my ex is 27.
I want to win her back but she won’t return my calls or messages. I’ve started to feel really low and don’t know how to stop it. I have taken up smoking again after quitting five years ago and I’m drinking too much most nights.
I realise I need to change my ways. I’m even thinking about swapping to a less pressured job so I can have more spare time, but that can’t happen overnight.
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I’ve tried to tell my girlfriend about my plans, but she is not remotely interested.
My parents were always terrible with money, which is why I think I’m such a workaholic.
DEIDRE SAYS: Being a workaholic can be a damaging addiction and often there are emotional drivers.
A bad childhood experience means you feel compelled to build financial security by working every hour you can.
Whether your girlfriend comes back or not, you would benefit from finding a better work/life balance for your own happiness.
My support pack Mend Your Broken Heart will help.