Wouldn’t it be great to have a Groundhog Day? I’d love to tell a few people exactly what I thought of them! I’d be braver, more spontaneous, crazier…you get the idea…
But according to new research millions of us Brits are repeatedly living Groundhog Days by spending large chunks of their day on 'autopilot'.
Doing the same things day-in, day-out means 94% regularly drift through their lives automatically without any real thought on what they are doing.
Good point. I mean, how often do you take stock of your repetitive behaviour and look to make plans to do something off-the-cuff that you’ve never done before? It might be simply starting with changing your morning routine – trying a new breakfast or doing some new exercise?
So what prompted this talk about Groundhog Days?
Well, it was a new study from Solgar (vitamin experts) which produced some interesting results.
- One in two adults travel to and from work with no recollection of their journey.
- 82% of those polled believe their monotonous lifestyle leaves them feeling unchallenged, while others say it makes them feel tired, lacking in energy and often in a low mood.
- A significant number of those questioned said they check through emails without really taking them in and even exercise on ‘autopilot'
- A whopping 71% claim to have days where they carry out their day job without really giving it much thought.
Author and TV Doctor Dr Ellie Cannon, who commissioned the survey with Solgar, 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.
So what can we do…?
"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. We all know the kinds of food we should be eating but it’s not always easy to do the right thing. However, there are also a number of supplements that can help supplement your diet.
"For instance, B vitamins can help with to maintain energy and vitamin C and zinc can help to boost immunity.”
The study of 2,000 adults, found that 94% regularly function on ‘autopilot’ four times a week – for two hours and 40 minutes on each of those days.
That amounts to 10 hours and 40 minutes a week – or 23 days a year – in a ‘mindless’ state – doing the same things day in and day out.
Over the average adult lifetime, this means the equivalent of four years is spent doing things without any real thought or concentration.
But more than half blamed the fact they repeat the same actions so often for their autopilot actions, as they no longer need to give it a real thought.
Others say they do things on autopilot because they are stuck in the same old routine or feel tired and lethargic.
Top supplements to help:
Immunity boosting: Vitamin C & Zinc
Maintain healthy bones: Vitamin D
Good digestion: Probiotics
More energy: Iron and B Vitamins
Feeding the brain: Omega 3 fish oils
Top 10 things we are most likely to do on autopilot:
Wake up at the same time of day
Checking through your emails
Looking at the same websites everyday
Have the same morning routine
Make the same journey/route to work
Have the same breakfast everyday
Have your morning tea/coffee at the same time
Have the same food for lunch everyday
Have the same snacks everyday
Hit the snooze button in the same pattern
Lauretta blogs and vlogs at www.HomeAndHorizon.com