What to Do When You Realize You’re on Autopilot

What to Do When You Realize You’re on Autopilot

What to Do When You Realize You're on Autopilot

Ever have those days where you look at the clock and notice “OMG. When did it get to be *this* time?!”? You’ve somehow managed to go through the day without realizing how much time has passed, and maybe even can’t even remember what you exactly did for it to get so late.

I’ve been going through a bit of that lately. All of a sudden it’s 4PM on Friday and… When did it become Friday? I swear it was just noon!

So what do you do when you realize you’re on autopilot and you feel like you’re wasting your days?

Take a Break

First thing you have to do is take a deep breath and pause for a moment. 

Once you’ve noticed that you are on autopilot you need to take a step back and give yourself a good look into what you’ve been doing. How long has this been going on? What do you think is the reason for this is? 

Use this time to separate yourself from the feeling of autopilot. Stop what you’re doing, maybe even take a day off. It’s clear that you’ve been going for a long enough time without thought and you need that break. 

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Self Care

Self care is a huge aspect of making sure your physical and mental life is healthy. And if you’ve been going on autopilot for a few days or weeks, you most likely haven’t been taking care of yourself in the best ways.

I know when I’m on autopilot I tend to barely keep up with keeping myself healthy. If missing my medication times didn’t caused such a sever difference in my day, I probably wouldn’t bother with it. There can even be a day or two where I actually do forget the medication and my whole day is changed.

So get yourself back into a better state of mind by giving your body some love. Head over to my Step-by-Step Self Care Guide and feel better.


Do Something Different

Every time I’m on autopilot it’s usually because my life has gotten to a point where there’s nothing new or different going on. I go to work, come home, watch YouTube in bed, then sleep. Nothing new, nothing different, nothing to break the monotony.

So now that you’ve realized you’ve been on autopilot and you’ve given yourself some love to get you back into wanting  to do something different.

It could be something as simple as going for a walk at the park, walking around the local mall, or meeting up with a friend.

Related: How Recreating Myself in the Sims Made Me Realize I’m Boring


What to Do When You Realize You're on Autopilot


Seek Outside Help

Sometimes when we find ourselves on autopilot, we can do all we want ourselves, but that won’t be enough. If you’ve done these things yourself and you still don’t feel quite right, it might be time to have some outside help. This can be in the form of a therapist or medical professional.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help if you need it. Sometimes there’s more going on than we realize. My prime example is when I discovered I have hypothyroidism with my post When Depression Isn’t Really Depression. Brain fog is a symptom of a lot of things, and that’s how I feel when I’m on autopilot. 

So if you’ve done the best you can on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Have you ever been on autopilot before? What did you do to fix that?

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. romcomdojo

    Excellent advice! I recently found myself on autopilot and started a meditation program and it’s made all the difference in the world. Self-care!

    1. Thank you! I’ve been on autopilot for quite some time and it’s going to take a lot of self care to get me back on track. lol

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