Driving across the country can cause a tremendous amount of stress. Even for civilians in small cars, weather conditions, traffic, and mechanical problems can make anyone want to pull their hair out. There are multiple ways for truckers to reduce stress while on the road.
Everyone has their own specific way to deal will stress, but the trucking industry is a world of its own. When hauling heavy equipment or driving through a blizzard, drivers’ stress can manifest itself in many forms.
Low energy, headaches, rapid heartbeat, and chest pain, insomnia, and frequently getting sick are all manners of stress.
Fortunately for everyone, there are multiple ways to reduce stress. Even while on the road, these methods can prove to be extremely beneficial to your health and the well-being of others. There is always a way to decompress, even while on the road.
Eating Right to Reduce Stress
While picking fast food is easy, the short-to-long term effects will hurt you. Have you ever actually eaten fast food for a full day? It can make anyone feel like garbage – sometimes almost instantly. Having the necessary supplies to eat healthily will keep your mind and body from cracking under pressure.
Items such as sugary snacks, soft drinks, candy, and processed foods have no real health benefits and consistently work against you. Although they might be faster and more easily accessible, they will do more damage than harm.
Unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables have specific nutritional values that can help different parts of your body. We all know that carrots are good for your eye-sight, but there is a vast network of healthy diets that will help you optimize your driving performance. A truck can only operate as well as its driver. Taking care and maintaining your body is just as important as maintaining your vehicle.
Skipping Sleep Creates Stress
Sleep deprivation can have an effect on everyone. Your mental and physical health are both affected if you do not get a good full 8-hours. Being awake and alert keeps yourself safe as well as others around you.
Having stress adds to the cycle of sleep deprivation. You can’t sleep because you are stressed and you are stressed because you did not receive the appropriate amount of sleep. This is a vicious cycle that can decrease the performance of anyone. With truck driving, getting enough sleep can be a life-saving attribute. Make sure that when you are sleeping, you are in a comfortable sleeping position, have low-lighting and are in a quiet resting area.
Stop Using Your Phone
Smartphones are the most stress-inducing piece of technology to date. Using technology just before bed can leave your brain way too stimulated. While on the road, it can get lonely and you might miss the people back home, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to be on Facebook within an hour before you go to bed. You will have time to send your messages, reach out to loved ones and catch up on what is happening back home, but you should not do this just before falling asleep.
Scrolling through social media is just as stimulating as playing a sport. Your mind relies on a constant stream of information. A lot of the time, this information is meant to incite an emotional response. Why rile yourself up before bed? Who cares if your favorite celebrity is married? That doesn’t have any effect on you and your life. Take a break, turn down the screen brightness, or even read a book. You’ll find yourself more calm and stress-free when you need to be.
By following these methods, you will find that your performance will improve and you will reduce stress.