Choose Sanity Over Productivity
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 15-03-2023

Choose Sanity Over Productivity


During the quarantine period, social comparison is suffocating as Internet is flooded with what to do and what not to do during quarantine, truck loads of information is out there. It is good to spend your free time doing something productive or learning a new skill. However, it should come from within and not as a result of social pressure or buzz around.

Every time I check my Instagram, there is another person doing this or that challenge, bingo games or workout challenge, somebody is making Dalgona coffee or someone else is channelizing their inner chef by making momos. Others are reading books, learning a new language, indulging in self-care aka putting on face masks, doing online certificate courses and whatnot.

We are expected to turn out into evolved individuals by the end of this lockdown. We are expected to be fitter, prettier, and more skilled.

While some of us are enjoying all these nominate-challenge things. There are people out there who are feeling disturbed or worthless. People are questioning their self-worth, their ability to learn, cursing themselves for procrastinating, and being harsh on themselves for not being able to keep up with others.

Some of us are trying to maintain our sanity, fighting the stress and anxiety caused due to pandemic, dealing with the fear of being trapped (Cleithrophobia), handling obsessive-compulsive behaviour (fear of infections, cleaning and re-cleaning), struggling with loneliness or depressive symptoms (living alone and away from family).

We might get overwhelmed with all these circumstances, by not being able to follow a proper routine. How about leaving social comparison aside and accepting ourselves? Give yourself time, live in the moment and take deep breaths. Go with one day at a time. It is completely ok to do one thing at a time. Also, it is ok to do nothing for a while because sanity over productivity always. 


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