Daily Habits That Can Help You Turn Off Your ‘Autopilot Mode’
No, we are not talking about the intelligent navigational device commonly found in airplanes and futuristic motor vehicles, but about the cognitive state in which you act and talk without much self-awareness. It happens to most of us. Sometimes, during the dozy days of the winter, we feel like we have slipped into autopilot mode. Perhaps we always look forward to something more exciting, and less commonplace when we are in the middle of the week, and many of us come back home from work dry as dust. We check our emails, respond to messages on Skype, and play games on our mobile phones as if we are programmed to do so. Here are five tips to help you winch up your mood and wake you up from autopilot mode:
Wake Up Mindfully
Our minds are at their calmest when we wake up in the morning. Many tend to overlook that, and auto-pilot ourselves to the external factors and habits that we are generally used to. Silencing the alarm, checking phones for new messages and emails, or sitting in front of the screen are some of our common daily to-dos once we rise up from the bed. These habits may shake us up from the initial dizziness but they actually lead our minds from a peaceful state to a disquieting state. Try to build up a custom or a ritual like savoring a cup of tea or coffee on a quiet morning, lending ears to soothing and soulful music, or just going through the newspapers, and these habits will definitely energize you before you step out to face the world.
Set An Intention For The Day
Your day-to-day life can be stressful and tiring — sometimes chaotic. Keeping your mind at peace should be your motto. Set an intention for yourself to relieve your mind of the stress and the chaos. Being level-headed, patient, and accommodating in all situations can be examples of intentions that you can set for yourself. These intentions work as a lighthouse, showing you the right way and helping you in averting risky, stressful, and unforeseen situations. If noting them down in your mind doesn’t work, note them down on a sticky pad and concentrate on them from time to time.
Take The Scenic Route
When you auto-pilot your life, you tend to take the same-old route to work that you have been taking all these years. Try to commute using a new route, taking a new street and exploring new ways of reaching your office. It may take you a lot more time than you usually take, but it will be worth. When you switch on to a new norm or a new routine, you start to gain cerebral advantages. It helps you in activating the dormant parts of your brain, and there are high chances that a solution to a long-lasting problem will spring up to your surprise. It really works.
Connect With People
Due to your tight and uncompromising work schedule, you may fail to connect with people. Talk to someone for a longer time than usual, or do simply shoot the breeze with your postman, or call your old friend. These little things will take you out of your world of piled-up files and free your brain of all the chaos that you encounter daily. Connecting with others will help you in boosting up your cerebral abilities, not to mention improve your social skills and relationships.
Connect With Nature
Look up at the sky, watch the stars, and sip a cuppa on your deck. You may go for a walk, too. Taking some time out and connecting with nature will enable you to dig out unexpected solutions to problems which have irked you for long. A walk through the woods, as compared to a walk through bustling city streets, is a lot more stress-free. Connecting to nature has psychological advantages, and it reduces anxiety, stress, and depression. Relax and stay close to nature. You will experience the benefits that you have never expected.
These five day-to-day practices actually have something in common. Each of these practices helps you jazz up yourself in little ways, find excitement in the ordinary, mundane tasks that you do every day, and find a connection to your to-dos and professional obligations. When we slip into the ‘autopilot mode’, it occurs primarily due to lack of energy, excitement, and inspiration, or simply loneliness. If you add mindfulness to your daily routine, you can find a way out.
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