Being a trucker requires a unique skill set and adjusting to an unconventional lifestyle - long days on the road, being away from family for weeks at a time, and learning to live in a vehicle instead of a traditional home. We hear a lot about the importance of staying physically healthy, but what about mental health? Keeping your mind alert and focused should be at the top of every truckers priority list to ensure they perform their best and remain safe while driving.
Being a trucker is hard work, but that doesn’t mean you need to burn out mentally or physically from this tough job. Considering taking the below suggestions in mind to improve your mental health while on the road.
Keep Good Company We all need a little help from our friends, right? Consider traveling with a co-pilot whenever possible like a pet, significant other, or spouse.
Time is of the Essence Make good use of your time on your road by listening to a new musical album, podcast, audiobook, or (if you’re up for a challenge) even tackle learning another language.
Check in With Home Daily Daily calls to your family and friends at home will help you feel grounded and in the loop with what is happening while you’re driving for the long haul.
Plan Trips When You Can One of the greatest parts about being a truck driver is the ability to see the world while you work. If you can afford it (and your road schedule allows) plan to stop at cool stops along the way.
Eat WellYour mind and body all work together like a well-oiled machine when properly maintained. Make sure you’re taking time to eat well, and your mind will benefit as well. Check out "5 Ways Truckers Can Eat Healthier While On The Road"
Be Selective About Rest Stops Choosing to make your pit stops at some of the nicer stops can help you feel cleaner and more rejuvenated.
Get a Hotel Room Every so Often Nothing beats a fresh bed, change of scenery, and continental breakfast.
Keep Reminders of Home on Hand Adding some personal items to your space like photos, bedding, or a TV to watch the news or catch up on your favorite Netflix series.
Take Time Daily for Self CareGetting into a routine can help keep your mental health in shape. Self care is about taking a few moments each day to practice gratitude and reflection. This could be through meditating, reading a chapter of a book, or personal grooming.