Commercial truck drivers deal with anxiety on a daily basis. The lives of commercial truck drivers can be very stressful. The long hours spend behind the wheel and the pressure to keep delivery schedules can all take a toll on professional drivers. This can create health problems for truck drivers. Various situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We all have different stress levels. Something that is stressful to one person may not be stressful to another. Stress becomes harmful when you are overwhelmed by it.
Chronic stress can cause or exacerbate the occurrence of headaches, indigestion and problems sleeping. Chronic stress can also be a contributing factor in the development of serious health problems. This includes conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, depression and others.
While a certain amount of stress is unavoidable, there are many things that truck drivers can do to successfully reduce their stress levels. First of all it is best to avoid doing unhealthy things to temporarily reduce your stress levels. These include things like smoking, excess drinking, overeating, undereating and using pills or drugs to relax. These things may appear to temporarily reduce your stress level, but they also damage your body over time. Learning how to succesfully manage stress and anxiety levels helps improve the overall health and wellness of truck drivers.
It’s far better to choose healthy stress reduction techniques. There are many options including using natural herbal remedies for anxiety. Deciding to exercise would be an excellent choice. Many truck drivers don’t exercise at all, however health benefits can be obtained by doing as little as 15 minutes of exercise each day. This can be simply taking a walk or jogging in fresh air.
One of the most effective technique for reducing stress and anxiety is to practice deep breathing exercises daily. Deep breathing naturally moves one towards relaxation because it reduces, tension and stress in the body. Breathing techniques vary so try different techniques including deep yoga breathing to see which methods work best for you.
Music: is an excellent way to reduce stress levels. A variety of soft popular and classical music can be used to bring about a state of relaxation. Music produced to specifically bring about a state of calm and relaxation often is recorded with sounds of the ocean or a stream in the background. Relaxing music can put you into a deep state of relaxation and serenity which reduces stress levels. Some relaxing music can help you to experience a deep level of sleep. There is a wide variety of good relaxing music to choose so keep a few CD’s in your truck.
Stress balls: Stress balls are excellent to reduce stress. Stress balls are small palm size balls filled with beads, seeds or other similar objects. Actually, truck drivers should use stress balls regularly because they use their hands and arms driving for several hours each day. Stress balls help to relieve stress and also strengthen hands and improve dexterity. Stress balls also strengthen arm muscles. They are simple to use as you simply squeeze them without straining for a few seconds and release. You can squeeze them for five to ten minutes or more. You can do this several times a day if you so choose.
Humor: is a must to deal with the stress of everyday life. Many times we have heard it said that “laughter is the best medicine.” There is a good reason for that. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins which is a hormone in the body which affects emotions. Endorphins can improve mood and also reduce the sensation of pain. It is impossible to laugh and be sad at the same time even though it may only be a temporary reprieve from stress. Truck drivers could greatly benefit by finding ways to incorporate humor into their lives on a daily basis. Laughter relaxes the entire body which decreases stress hormones. Laughter simultaneously boosts the immune system which improves your resistance to illness and disease. Keeping a few joke books or comedy movies in the truck are excellent choices. Think about people and the things they do that make you laugh. Make it a priority to laugh daily to improve your health, boost your immunity, relax, decrease stress and pain.
Meditation: Meditation is one of the best methods to reduce stress and anxiety. It is a practice individual do by themselves to induce a mode of consciousness for a particular benefit. Often it is used to bring about a sense of calm and relaxation. A few of the benefits of meditation are:
1. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
2. It leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
3. It decreases muscle tension
4. It enhances the immune system
5. It relaxes the nervous system
6. It reduces the need and dependency on drugs
7. It increases respiratory rates
8. It may reduce the need for medical care
9. It helps with focus and concentration
10. It helps to bring about peace of mind and happiness
Most truck drivers could benefit by taking the time to meditate prior to falling asleep at night. The practice of meditation has stood the test of time. It’s results have been scientifically validated.
Try incorporating all of these methods to help you deal with anxiety and the stress that comes with truck driving. Alternate them to see which give you the best results. What is most important is that you reduce your stress level to help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.