Steering Clear Of Stress

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Truckers Health Coach's Comment
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How do you manage stress and maintain mental well-being while spending long hours behind the wheel?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I get a room and sit in a hot tub.... visit a spa.. and dont take life too seriously.

BK's Comment
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I’ve been thinking about this question and it’s really stressing me out. lol.

My stress reliever is music. I subscribe to Pandora and have my various playlists. Instrumental music is the most effective for me. Vocal music helps me stay alert when I drive.

I do also have one great phone contact with another driver who is a good listener and he lets me vent when I need to, so that is very helpful.

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Truckers Health Coach's Comment
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We all know trucking can crank up the stress levels, whether it's from traffic jams, tight schedules, or just being away from home for too long. Here are some stress management techniques I’ve found really helpful and hope you might too.

First up, deep breathing has been a game changer for me. When you feel the tension building, try taking a few deep breaths. Inhale slowly, hold it for a couple of seconds, and then exhale even more slowly. It helps reset your mood and clears your mind.

Another thing that’s worked wonders, like BK mentioned in his response, is keeping a regular communication line open with family and friends. A quick chat can do a lot to lift your spirits. Also, having audiobooks and podcasts on hand can keep your mind engaged and ward off the monotony of long drives.

Physical activity is crucial too. It might seem tough to squeeze in some exercise, but just a few stretches during a break or a quick walk around the truck stop can increase your energy and reduce stress. Plus, it’s great for your physical health.

Make your sleeper cab a little sanctuary. Personal touches like a favorite pillow or photos can make it feel more homey, and getting good sleep is key to managing stress.

Remember, taking these small steps can lead to big improvements in how you handle life on the road. Stay safe and take care of yourselves out there!

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