Stop beating yourself for not following a routine as it can make things worse

Are you guilty of not following a healthy routine? Renowned psychiatrist, Dr Rahul Khemani is here to help you out.
Seek help from the expert and stop being sorry for yourself. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Nikita Bhardwaj Published: 31 Jan 2022, 13:30 pm IST
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Are you a victim too? Well, you are not alone in this sister, because most of us are sailing in the same boat. In these two years of the pandemic, a lot has changed, especially, our routine. Gym classes turned to online workout sessions, traveling to the office transitioned to work from home, and so on. Many of us have become accustomed to it, but there are others who are cursing this period because it has disrupted their ‘oh-so-perfect routine’.

We are truly concerned about this because according to a renowned psychiatrist, Dr Rahul Khemani, it can be the biggest blow to their mental health. The guilt can make them more anxious than ever. To an extent, they might feel worthless.

The pandemic life and our mental health

The pandemic has created a massive stir in everyone’s life, it has changed everybody’s daily routine and workout schedule. It is natural to feel lost, angry or anxious about having a messed up routine.

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Covid-19 has changed many things even your routine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So, it’s obvious you will feel guilty when you’re used to having a routine and it doesn’t work out.

Ladies, take a break and learn how to ditch the guilt


It’s natural and obvious that you couldn’t work out and you had your reasons for the same.

It’s completely okay to not be productive despite having all this extra free time.

Dr Khemani says,

It’s important to be realistic than having too many expectations that are difficult to fulfill.


There’s usually something more to it than meets the eye, that’s the guilt you’re feeling. Probably you’re not doing enough either for yourself or for someone else.

Once you understand this, it makes it automatically easier to handle.

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Maybe it was a boring routine or exercise pattern that you followed; it’s time to try something new like yoga that would be exciting.

It’s always better to keep changing some of your daily activity plans that make it more fun than just work!

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Give your monotonous routine a break and try new things! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In the end, it’s your life and you choose for yourself, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve not done something. It’s important that you realize it now and start as soon as possible.

Here’s how some women feel about this

Rashmeet, 27

“Skipping workouts is something that made me feel so guilty, to an extent that I would literally curse myself. I would tell myself that if I wasn’t so lazy, I would have exercised, and been more energetic and blah! Blah! Blah! Trust me, I would get flustered like anything, and it would be a mood spoiler.”

Sharmishtha, 30

“I think before Covid I would stick to a particular schedule. From waking up to going to bed, I was in the habit of planning my entire day in a way that I get time for everything I want to do. And there was a sense of accomplishment that I would feel. But after Covid, I haven’t been able to do it, and that has led me on a guilt trip, which makes me feel so stressed and anxious all the time.”

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Sop blaming yourself! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Pakhi, 25

“Well I don’t feel too guilty most of the time, but when it strikes me, it strikes really hard. And trust me, it’s not a good feeling at all. I get into the whole loop of not being productive enough, not taking care of myself, etc. and all this takes a huge toll on my mental health.”

So move out of your guilt trip, and make an effort to make things happen.

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