Dr Maike Neuhaus
How to stop languishing and living life on autopilot (7 steps)
Many of us go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and not fully engaging with the world around us. This can lead to a sense of disconnection and a lack of fulfilment. To stop living life on autopilot, it is important to become more present and aware in each moment. Here are some strategies to help you break free from the cycle of living on autopilot.
1. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment and being fully present and aware. It involves paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations without judgment. To practice mindfulness, try setting aside a few minutes each day to sit in a quiet place and simply focus on your breath. You can also try incorporating mindfulness into your daily activities, such as by paying attention to your senses when you eat or by taking a few deep breaths before making an important decision.
2. Set goals and create a sense of purpose
Having clear goals and a sense of purpose can help to bring meaning and focus to your life. Take some time to think about what is most important to you and what you want to achieve. Then, set specific and achievable goals that align with your values and priorities. This can help to give you a sense of direction and purpose and can help you to stay motivated and engaged in your life.
3. Seek out new experiences
One of the keys to breaking free from autopilot is to engage with new and challenging experiences. This can help to expand your horizons and keep you engaged and curious about the world around you. Try stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying new things, such as taking a cooking class or going on a hiking trip.
4. Connect with others
Strong relationships are an important part of a fulfilling life. Take the time to nurture your relationships and seek out new connections. This can help to give you a sense of belonging and support and can help to keep you engaged and present in your life.
5. Practice gratitude
Gratitude is the practice of focusing on the positive aspects of your life. It can help to shift your perspective and can increase feelings of well-being and happiness. To practice gratitude, try keeping a gratitude journal where you write down a few things you are grateful for each day. You can also try expressing gratitude to others, such as by thanking a colleague for their help or by sending a thank-you note to a friend.
6. Find activities that bring you joy
Engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfilment is an important part of living a fulfilling life. These could be hobbies, sports, or other activities that you find enjoyable and rewarding. Take the time to identify activities that bring you joy and make them a regular part of your life.
7. Take breaks and practice self-care
Taking breaks and practising self-care are important for maintaining balance and well-being. Make sure to set aside time for rest and relaxation and to engage in activities that nourish your body and mind, such as exercise, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet.
By incorporating these strategies into your life, you can break free from living on autopilot and start living a more fulfilling and engaged life. It may take some time and effort, but the rewards of living a more present and aware life are well worth it.