Stress is very common in this industry. Brokers are often stressed, dispatchers too, and needless to say- truck drivers are as well. As any other job, truck driving has its stressful elements, like it or not. Even when you love your job, there are inevitable triggers to feeling stressed. But sometimes work stress can become chronic, and cause both physical and emotional health problems. So here are 6 tips for truckers to reduce stress:
If we don’t mention it enough within our blog posts, here it is: learn how to balance work and sleep time! Get enough rest and your body and mind will be thankful.
This is another cliché advice, but we just had to mention it. There are many techniques, like meditation, deep breathing exercises, etc. You have to try a few to find the one that works best for you- and use it daily. Take a few minutes each day (either when you wake up, or before you go to bed), and practice to find which one you can apply in your daily routine.
Find out what’s the best way for you to start your day! It’s the thing you enjoy most doing: for some, it is just a coffee in silence, for others it’s talking to their family. There are tons of ways to communicate with your family nowadays, so use them properly.
Starting your morning with a positive attitude can help you pass the day stress-free!
Yes, we understand that dispatchers and even brokers can exaggerate with their ringing, requirements etc., but you need to understand that they also have a job to do. They also feel stressed and overwhelmed so if you stay calm and just breathe before you answer them, they will reward you with transparency and honesty.
Music is one of the best medicines! Especially calming music, or maybe your favorite song, can make you forget all your troubles and enjoy your trip.
It is not a bad thing, and it is nothing to be ashamed of- just ask for help! Asking for someone to talk to is not a weakness- it’s an indicator of strength.
What tips for truckers to reduce stress would you give? Share them in the comments section below.