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Living On The Autopilot [Psychology & Mindfulness] [Tips]

Living On The Autopilot [Psychology & Mindfulness] [Tips]

What is ‘the auto pilot’? What does it mean when you ‘live on autopilot’? And how do you get rid of this psychological / mindfulness phenomenon? Read along…

What does it mean if you live on autopilot?

Living on autopilot, what does that really mean? It means that you do all kinds of things automatically without thinking about it. Often without even realizing that you are doing it.

A simple example is washing your hands. Often you are already thinking about what to do next while washing your hands. This means that hand washing is done ‘automatically’, so without you being consciously involved.

The automatic pilot is actually very healthy!

There is a very good reason why we have autopilot. It is very useful. If we always had to consciously think about everything we do, such as breathing or putting on our clothes, it would be very tiring and even difficult.

However, we have gone (very) far in the other direction …

The automatic pilot has a few serious pitfalls that everyone encounters on a daily basis.

  • We ignore the little joyful things in life. The things in the here and now.
  • In fact, all those little things in life are actually gigantic miracles. And we miss that because of the automatic pilot. nature, for example, or our own body … they are all gigantic miracles that we should actually be ecstatic about.
  • We draw conclusions without realizing. In other words: judging and everything that comes with it.

The consequence? Negative moods and stress.

What can you do about it to live less on autopilot?

How can you live less and less on automatic pilot?

To your success!

About The Author


Hello! Thanks for reading these articles. My intention is to make happiness as simple and clear as posssible. By the way, excuse my English. I am not a native English speaker since I live in Amsterdam. Much appreciated if you use the comments to make suggestions on my grammar. See ya in another blogpost!