Self-Neglect in Hustle Culture
Psychology Apr 23, 2024

It’s quite intriguing to imagine that we live in an era where terms like self-love and self-care are widespread and prioritized yet seem unachievable in modern-day hustle culture. In a fast-paced society where increasing productivity is the end goal of the day, a hidden cause that undermines the whole notion of well-being is called “self-neglect.” The word is as simple as it can be, but its professional impact could be drastic for a person’s emotional and mental well-being. 

What is hustle culture?

Hustle culture promotes a work environment that cultivates productivity and success in the professional arena of life, leaving no room for self-care or work-life balance. The dehumanizing effect it can have on a person’s life is heartbreaking. With the advent of globalization, which has pushed the speed of technological advancement to a great extent, citing recent developments in job sectors and industries, the hustling culture is becoming more prevalent as the days pass by. 

The past few days have seen significant changes in workplace trends such as IoT and cloud-based technology, with AI being the most recent revolution. Frequent changes in technology have made things easier for people at work. Technology is everywhere; every day, a new invention pops up in the market, and we need to adapt accordingly, but reality is far different than imagined.

The impact of hustle culture and toxic productivity

The quality of life has significantly increased over the past few decades, with people willing to spend more time and energy to afford the things they can do to make their lives better. I mean, who doesn’t want a comfortable, well-settled life surrounded by their friends and family? However, for the majority of people, comfort is a luxury, and it comes at the price of mental exhaustion—work till your brain says no more! The race for the highest success rate is unmagnified; the toxic cycle of productivity prevails across different levels of the workplace, from CEOs to managers, from professors to assistants, etc. It is a loop that is profoundly referred to as being successful, which is true to some extent.

What is at stake?

One of the most ominous effects of hustle culture is on individual self-care. Self-neglect can be defined as a lack of self-care to the point that it hampers personal and professional lives. We see working moms trying to break the barrier by managing their families and careers without even catching a breath. Who is responsible? The hustle culture, or our inability to comprehend and acknowledge our limitations, Self-neglect is not only about a lack of self-care; it damages our ability to seek help even when it threatens our hygiene and safety. Toxic productivity can easily lead to job burnout if left unchecked for a longer period. Self-neglect is the by-product of this hustle culture!

According to the survey conducted by Deloitte and Workplace Intelligence in 2022, 70% of lower-level executives have considered quitting their jobs for their well-being. The employees and managers of the companies feel exhausted and overworked, with the former, including 30%, and the latter, including 30%. Around 50% of the employees have experienced mental health issues.

Data collected by the WHO in 2016 has revealed that longer working hours are responsible for 745,000 deaths occurring from stroke and heart disease. This is the first time the World Health Organization has conducted a global analysis to account for the life loss that occurred due to long working hours. While the conditions in developed and developing countries are similar, the toxic work culture is no different. In recent years, several companies in different nations have embraced the race of huge start-ups, pushing people to work and achieve profitable goals only.

To visualize the notion similar to “the American dream”! The global pandemic has worsened the conditions, increasing the workload to boost efficiency in WFH conditions. Stress, anxiety, and burnout further fuel self-neglect, which is an alarming reason for developing mental health problems. 

The Harmony of Self-Care and Productivity!

• Manage work time and alone time. 

We should learn to manage our time both personal and professional  ones.Self neglect can start with a simple negligence in balanced life.Take time out of work and focus on your mental well being.We should always have clear boundaries between work and life when it comes to self-care.

Aim for growth rather than perfection.

It is easy to fail,but failure should be bigger than your achievement.learn to forget mistakes and cherish what good achievement you have along the way and be realistic in your goals and dreams.Our surrounding might affect us negatively and we often are not even knowledge for our hard work,that’s completely unfair,but in that situation one should focus on our growth in life experience weather than

• Plan a time-out

Vacations are necessary! One Should always go on vacation with friends and family,You may never show a simple timeout from stressful work can freshen your mind.Time-out does not necessarily mean a action for example you can try to break yourself from work and engage in your hobbies,devite time in your favorite,join a gym and spent time in your fitness.

Self-reflection is a step away from self-neglect

Always try to self-reflect in your life.Trust the process it actually works.Although it might seem 

Pointless but self reflection  gives us a way to realize our path in life that we have chosen.

Bottom line: It is always easier said than done, but since “Rome was not built in a day,” we have to unlearn this toxic thinking and acknowledge that self-neglect is harmful. By acknowledging the challenges of pressure and mental health problems, we can be more aware of the effect mental exhaustion can have on our lives. Only then can we overcome years of negative conditioning and stigma.

About author

Karuna Kaul is psycho socio clinical psychologist, who works with all age group people. Her profession motivates her to serve people who are facing behavioral issues. She has over 8 years of experience and has successfully established credibility in the areas of counselling and wellness. Assessment and behavioral analysis and training and coaching. She has been an active advocate of mental health awareness. And all her endeavors in the field are primarily focused on educating more and more people about Mental Health concerns and promoting Holistic Wellbeing. She has done master in clinical psychology PG Diploma in counselling and guidance and certified in drug addiction counselling Also she has done neuro medicine psychology from London University, Kent College of United Kingdom. With an experience of six years, she had worked with various organization which provides mental health services.