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  • Dr Maike Neuhaus

What does it mean to live life on autopilot? (+ how to break free from autopilot life)

Living life on autopilot refers to going through the motions and not fully engaging with the present moment. It can involve feeling disconnected and disconnected from your thoughts, emotions, and surroundings, and can lead to a sense of boredom and lack of fulfilment.


There are many factors that can contribute to living life on autopilot.


Woman living life on autopilot

One common reason is feeling overwhelmed or burnt out. When we are overwhelmed, it can be difficult to fully engage with our surroundings and we may feel like we are just going through the motions. Similarly, when we are burnt out, we may feel drained and disconnected from our lives, leading to a sense of disengagement.


Another factor that can contribute to living life on autopilot is a lack of purpose or meaning. When we don't have clear goals or a sense of purpose, it can be difficult to feel motivated and engaged in our lives. It can be easy to fall into a routine and go through the motions without fully embracing the present moment.


Other factors that can contribute to living life on autopilot include stress, negative thought patterns, and a lack of connection with others. Stress can make it difficult to fully engage with our surroundings, and negative thought patterns can make it difficult to see the positive aspects of our lives.


A lack of connection with others can also lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection.

To break free from living life on autopilot, it is important to become more present and aware in each moment. This involves paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and actively engaging with the world around you. It may also involve setting goals and finding activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.


One effective way to break free from living life on autopilot is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness involves bringing your attention to the present moment and being fully present and aware. It can involve activities such as meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few minutes each day to sit in quiet reflection.


Another way to break free from living life on autopilot is to seek out new experiences and challenge yourself. This can help to keep you engaged and curious about the world around you and can help to break up the monotony of daily life.


Finally, it is important to make time for self-care and to nurture your relationships. Taking breaks and practising self-care can help to nourish your body and mind, while strong relationships can provide a sense of belonging and support.


Overall, breaking free from living life on autopilot requires a commitment to being present and engaged in each moment. By practising mindfulness, seeking out new experiences, and nourishing your relationships and well-being, you can start to break free from the monotony and disengagement of living life on autopilot and start to fully embrace the present moment. It may also involve setting goals and finding activities that bring you joy and fulfilment and making time for self-care, which can help to nourish your body and mind and provide a sense of belonging and support.

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