It’s only natural that Real Truckers experience stress from time to time. Every aspect of the job is a balancing act of safety, time management, and accuracy that many outside the industry will never truly understand.
You’ve stepped up to the daily challenges trucking can bring, but that doesn’t mean it has to lose its enjoyment! Reduce anxiety and take back control by practicing these simple stress management tips:
Four-wheelers cut you off, traffic backs up for no visible reason, and someone is always going a little too slow in the fast lane. Don’t let the stress win! Take a deep breath, put on your favorite song, or pull over and give yourself a moment to collect your thoughts.
A good night’s sleep can drastically improve your outlook on the following day. Avoid staying up late and limit distractions, such as light and sound, in your sleeper cab. Rest easy knowing you’ll wake up more alert and in a positive mood!
Inarguably the most important part of the job, responsible driving habits ensure the safety of yourself, as well as those around you. Operating safely can also decrease the biggest stressors in trucking – an accident and a ticket.
Staying seated for an extended amount of time can lead to aches, pains, and an overall feeling of restlessness. Do yourself a favor and get moving! Try to stretch and walk for at least 5 to 10 minutes at every stop. Regular movement can clear your mind while also reducing your chances
Stay in Contact
You’re alone on the road for an upward of eight hours a day. While some sporadic solitude is healthy, that doesn’t mean you have to continue your isolation into your time off. Whether it’s calling family, texting friends, or striking up a conversation with a stranger at the truck stop, social interaction can help bring you back to reality after a long day of work.