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4 Simple Tips to Help Crush Your Stress

by Charlotte Freed | Aug 17, 2018

Fighting Stress on the Road
The life of a trucker isn’t always an easy one. There is the pressure of the entire economy relying on you to be on time. You’re constantly making sure you’re staying safe, particularly with all of the other drivers who don’t know the rules of the road as well as you do. On top of that, your long hours add up, making for some lonely times. And then there’s traffic. While stressors are going to be a part of every job in any industry, there are unique aspects in trucking that can make it especially taxing.

Stress can affect you negatively, both mentally and physically, with symptoms ranging from headaches to sleep problems to chronic pain to depression. What are some simple choices you can make to help relieve some of that stress?

Communicate

Having open communication with your family, friends, and even coworkers and bosses will make your day-to-day more transparent to them. The more they know about the things going on with you at work, the more likely they are to be understanding.

Be Prepared

Emergencies and unexpected things are always going to come up, but you’ll find that when you’ve prepared in advance curveballs are less likely to send you into a frenzy. Having your family covered with extra help at hand not only makes it easier for them in times of need, but makes you feel more confident that they’re being taken care of while you’re working.

Build Yourself

We all enjoy a good talk show and listening to our favorite tunes, but there is ample amount of time on the road where you can work towards growing yourself both mentally and emotionally. Listening to motivational and educational material, whether TED Talks or a book on tape, keeps you learning and improving – something to boost your self-esteem, which can help reduce stress. If reading isn’t for your, try meditation to help improve your mental and physical health.

Release Endorphins

Exercise, even if just for a 15 minutes a day, produces chemicals in the body called endorphins that fight stress, anxiety, and depression. This will help your mindset, and your body will thank you too. When you feel good physically, it often translates into feeling the same way emotionally.

Remember, there are always going to be times when life gets to feel like too much – but you’re not alone in the journey. If you have feelings of stress leading to depression that you can’t shake, there is great strength in reaching out to your physician or doctor to talk about your options.

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