Getting off Autopilot

Getting Off Autopilot:
By: Diane Lang

 I just came from vacation that happened to be over the New Year’s weekend. I made a mental list of the small changes I wanted to make in the New Year and started these changes while I was away. That included, less technology time and eating healthier!

I figured I had a good start, but when I walked in the door of my home, my old habits came right back. Within a few hours of being home, I noticed myself sitting in my bed, on social media, while snacking on chips.  What I realized is that as soon as I got home, I went right back onto autopilot.  I was just doing without awareness. I did my old habits without thinking. It’s right then that I realized the real small changes (not that small but doable) I need to make is to become more mindful. To pay attention to what I’m doing. Instead of living on autopilot, I need to live in the present moment and be conscious of what I’m doing, and then make the changes I want.
So instead of spending time on social media, I took out a book that I have been wanting to read and took a nice hot bath. As for the snack, I realized at 8pm I don’t need a snack and if I was in the present moment, I would say no!
So for the New Year, instead of setting our usual resolutions, let’s be more mindful in the New Year and stop the autopilot and take control.

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Diane Lang, practicing therapist, national speaker, educator, and certified positive psychology coach, has her master’s degree in counseling and is an adjunct in psychology at Montclair State University. She has written three books, and has been featured in various publications, and on TV and Internet shows. Diane speaks on various mental and emotional health topics including Happiness, Resiliency, Stress management, Parenting Positive Aging, Anxiety, and Depression in both teens and adults. Diane also specializes in Positive Psychology Positive Education and Positive Parenting. Thousands of individuals have benefited from Diane’s motivational and educational speaking, trainings, and coaching. Her Hands-on approach along with her background, education and experience has proven to be beneficial to all who attend her presentation. To learn more on how you could bring Diane to your organization please email
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