7 Mental Health Tips for Truckers
We’ve all had those days where work is dragging us down. Not everyone is perfect and truck driving can be a very stressful job. It is crucial that drivers maintain a positive mental health. Because today is World Mental Health Day, we came up with 7 ways to help get you in the right head space.
Stay off social media.
When on a break, we are tempted to use our phones to check our social media sites. However, using your phone can sometimes add to your stress. Sometimes just turning off your notifications can help clear your mind.
Take a nap.
Taking a nap is one of the best things you can do to clear your mind even if it is only for 30 minutes. Shutting down for 30 minutes can be the fix you need to clear your mind and boost your energy.
Clean your truck.
While cleaning sounds like work, sometimes it can be therapeutic. You can crank up your favorite music while you’re cleaning. There is no better feeling than a clean truck.
Take a walk.
Walking around the truck stop or a nearby park is a great way to clear your mind. Not only does it help with the mind, it is a good form of exercise. When you exercise, your body releases more endorphins, which boosts your mood and promotes good relaxation.
Call an old friend.
Sometimes just picking up the phone and calling an old friend can cure a clogged mind. Certain friends know how to press the right buttons and can help make us feel better.
Read or listen to a book on audio.
Reading can be a great escape. When you get sucked into a book, you forget about everything else. This is a great way to clear the mind and focus it on something more positive.
Play with your pet (if you have one).
Pets are great because they make us feel happy and warm on the inside. They are great for comforting us. Playing catch with your dog or curling up with your cat will make you feel better and will make them feel loved.
Maintaining a positive mental state is important when on the road. While on your 30 minute break, stop and do one of the following things we mentioned above to help clear you mind.