Beating stress on the road
When you're a truck driver, you understand the meaning of stress. You might have weather issues, road construction, traffic, and even long hours away from home. We know it's got to be tough being away from family and friends while you're on the road.
All of this can feel like a lot to manage and it's common for drivers to experience high levels of stress. Stress like that can affect decision-making and attention span, and that in turn affects safety o the road. For that reason, it's important to do everything in your power to manage that stress while you're driving. Here are our best tips:
Make sleep a priority
Good sleep is so important to helping you manage stress and your overall health. Check out our Tips for Maximizing Sleep on the Road to help you get better sleep while on the job.
Clear your head
If you notice you’re feeling stressed, try listening to audiobooks or podcasts to clear your mind. There are so many topics to explore — everything from true crime to comedy, history to current events. If audiobooks and podcasts aren’t working, or just aren’t your thing, try some of your favorite music.
Take your time
Before you even get on the road, take time to review your destination and pick the route that will work best for you. While you’re driving, don’t hesitate to give yourself a break if you feel you need one. Sometimes just a quick stop to get out of the truck can make all the difference — you can stretch your legs, breathe deeply and move around a bit to help you refresh and release stress or tension.
Truck stops offer a bunch of chips and candy, but it’s helpful to get a wide variety of nutrients to keep you feeling your best. Keep an eye out for fruits and veggies when you can find them. Lots of fast food restaurants have salads, so consider adding a salad to your order at your favorite spot or maybe pack some fruits and veggies in your fridge to bring with you on a long trip.
Enjoy the little things
Another way to let go of your stress is focusing on gratitude and appreciating the good moments in your day. Sometimes it might be something simple like great weather, or finding your favorite coffee on the road. Other days it might be a nice phone call with family or friends back home. Focusing on the positive things while you’re out on the road can help bring down your stress levels.
At Sisbro, our team understands the importance of keeping yourself healthy and safe and that managing stress is a part of overall health. Learn more about how we treat our team members with the respect they deserve. Hope to hear from you about one of our driving jobs soon!