Living Life on Autopilot Leaves You Numb and Voids Your Experience

Nov 15, 2023 | Wellness


What does it feel like to live on autopilot?

Emotionless. You view life as different shades of grey instead of colour. Life is void of ups and downs instead it is eerily calm. There is no experience. It’s like you are programmed to just go through the motions.

Doesn’t sound very appealing, does it?

Yet, so many of us accept living like this without really noticing. Until we decide to pause or we are shocked into stopping.

I call living on autopilot, living the beige existence.

Life becomes beige.

Life is not about being beige.

We have been given the gift of life. We owe it to ourselves to live every second of it in full colour.

I invite you to turn off the autopilot. No, in fact, I invite you to erase autopilot and start to live. I want you to be able to experience life fully.


Yes, there may be lows. There will also be many highs. All of which you need to experience.

It’s time to start feeling again. Step out of the shadows and become fully present. Life can be great and you can make that happen.

Be grateful

As humans, we’re built to be aware of the negative stuff. It’s all about survival. Which is necessary. Now it’s time to balance that out with the positive stuff. This starts by being grateful.

It’s time to create the habit of gratitude. It’s really simple. Every day I would like you to say out loud three things that you were grateful for today. Then allow yourself to feel the feelings that come with that. Warm, cosy and tingling.

Get outside

Being outside has so many benefits.

For starters, being outside is a great source of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus. Both are critical for building bone. Let your skin feel the rays from the sun and make sure you get a good dose.

Being in nature and connecting with the earth also grounds you. You will be open to feeling peaceful and calm. It’s a great distraction from the noise of the modern world.

I invite you to schedule 5 minutes of being outdoors daily.

Kickstart your happy hormones

When you allow your body to release the happy hormones, like dopamine and serotonin, you’re helping your mood as well as your to brain function better.

So what are you waiting for?

Go do the things that you once loved doing. Whether it’s exercise, being creative or learning something new and let happiness spread throughout your body.

Break your daily routine

Stop living each day doing more or less the same thing. Small changes are more impactful than you think. Take a different route to work. Change the drink you have first in the morning. Have your lunch outside.

Life loses its feeling because we become accustomed to our routine. The need to engage your brain and think is no longer there.

When you break from your routine, you then have to think about what is going on so you naturally become more present and you become engaged in what is going on right now.


Practice maintenance

You could slip back into the wilderness of autopilot and I wouldn’t want that for you. So I recommend daily maintenance. Having a routine that allows you to remove or unload the baggage that makes you revert to autopilot.

Let’s keep it simple. You could go for something that is tranquil, like meditating, practising mindfulness or journaling. You could also go for something a little more intense like physical exercise like boxing, running or going to the gym.

Pick just one thing that is easy and fits into life.

I don’t need to tell you that life is valuable. It’s a waste if you’re living on autopilot. Now is the time to stop living on autopilot and start living with intention. So shake off the cobwebs and do the things that your future self will thank you for.

Are you ready to bin your autopilot?


You might also like to read, Life will get better when you stop getting in the way: 5 proven tips to get you started

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