Ending Bad Mental Health in Trucking
As an over the road driver it is essential to take steps to promote good mental health. According to a study conducted by The United States National Library of Medicine, truckers frequently report suffering from loneliness, depression, chronic sleep disturbances, and anxiety.
So, how do you put an end to high stress? Many different variables cause stress. Anything from lack of sleep, isolation, or other health concerns can cause stress. Couple this with the pressure of making your deliveries on time, traffic, bad weather, poor drivers, and finding parking, this would stress anyone out.
Stress can cause sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, as well as weight gain or loss. It is important to manage and minimize your stress levels. Here are a few ways that you may find helpful while trying to remove stress from your daily trucking life.
- Make a good night sleep a priority.
- Try meditation or deep breathing exercises.
- Make yourself as comfortable as you can on the road.
- Contact home every day.
- Bring the comfort of home on the road.
- Make time for daily showers and self-care.
- Stop at well kept truck stops.
- Live as close to a normal routine as possible.
Over the road truckers are away from their families for long periods of time. It is important to stay in contact with your loved ones. Some examples of items that can be brought on the road to help to “bring home on the road with you” could include photos of your family. You could also bring along your favorite blanket or other comforting items.
If you have more advice on how to keep stress levels low while on the road, we would love to hear from you.