What It’s Like Living ‘On Autopilot’

A report that looks set to send shivers down the spine of business owners everywhere has found that 94 per cent of Brits are drifting through their lives without any real thought of what they are doing.

This state impacts performance and productivity at work, with 71 per cent claiming to have days where they carry out their day job without really giving it much thought. The report also found that many also check through emails without really taking them in and even exercise on ‘autopilot’.

Busy lifestyles mean that Brit’s just aren’t paying attention to details like the used too. In the modern world everyone is fighting for our attention, from adverts on our phones that pause our music to new business emails at work. It appears the result could be blasé Britain, with most people getting so comfortable with not paying attention that they are missing more important issues that need their devotion.

However, before we blame this problem on the modern world like we do with everything else it seems there may be a simple solution that a large majority of us are overlooking – Diet.

Author and TV Doctor Dr Ellie Cannon, who commissioned the survey with Solgar (www.solgar.co.uk) said: “Busy lifestyles and routines can often make us feel like we are living a little like zombies.

“As we try to deal with everything that life throws at us, we switch our handling to autopilot, but we don’t fully understand how much stress we are putting ourselves under.

“Signs of stress can show up as anxiety or restlessness, but stress can also manifest itself physically in symptoms such as lack of sleep, feeling achy or tense, or having low immunity and being susceptible to coughs and colds.

“To counter these symptoms, it’s important to take a good look at every aspect of our lives periodically and switch things up.  Changes that jolt our minds and bodies out of autopilot, will not only make us feel mentally fitter but also physically fitter.

“It’s vital to eat well and exercise regularly, but also to switch the daily routine. Simple things like taking a slightly different route to work or trying a new exercise class, a new recipe or simply spending lunchtime in the park, rather than at your desk a couple of times a week could be enough to shake yourself out of ‘autopilot’.

“Busy lifestyles mean that it’s not always easy to get the right nutrients in our daily diets.

If you’re reading this and can’t really remember what the first paragraph was about it might be a sign that you’re one of the Brits operating on auto pilot. If that’s the case maybe it is time to look at your lifestyle and ask yourself why you aren’t interacting more with the world.

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