Effective ways of coping with stress is important. Trucking life
is challenging but many drivers and wives are very happy.
How do they do it?
Well, it's got a lot to do with their attitude and
outlook on life and the fact that they are compatible to a certain
extent with the trucking lifestyle. Don't worry however, if you find that you are not compatible or no longer compatible for the lifestyle and you need ways to cope.
Anyone can learn ways to more effectively handle stress. Here are some ways to de stress that works and don't require drugs. Perfect for truckers or people who need to function unmedicated.
in a trucker's life. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to get relief for stress
Exercise more By now you know that exercise is a
universal remedy to help with all types of health problems. It is also
good for de stressing. Exercise is meant to eliminate stress.
Stress prepares the body to act. Fight or flight is your bodies state
as a result of being highly stressed. To do either is burning energy
(exercise) of course you and I both know we don't actually respond this
way because we don't live in the jungle where most of our natural
responses and instincts are necessary for survival. Stress causes
the release of Cortisol which negatively affects the immune system (and
can also instigates depression). These toxins float around terrorizing
your body until they dissipate. Exercise reduces the presence
of the byproducts of stress and so the it helps you manage and
normalize. Now go for a 20 minute power walk.
Deep Breathing is Relief for Stress You can be anywhere and relax, calm your mind by concentrating on slow and deep breathing. Or you can pretend you are a Yoga master or something.........sitting
in an upright posture perfect position but with shoulders relaxed and
with your eyes closed. You will breathe in deeply through your nose
holding it for a 5 count or so and then breathe out through your mouth.
Breathe from your belly.While doing this for a minute or 2,
you will focus on your breathing and NOT the issues that have stressed
you out. I always say make positive meaningful statements to yourself
while you are doing this if focusing on your breathing doesn't keep you
from thinking about the stress inducer. Deep breathing introduces
more oxygen into your system which helps your body to be more
effective.It too helps removes toxins from your body.
Take power naps to relieve stress - Yep,
studies show that a 15 – 30minute or 1 hr sleep sessions, the time frame
for benefits depends on the person, in the middle of the day or other
than in the middle of the night, had serious health benefits. Reducing
stress is only one of them. Now we both now that you won't always be
able to do this but is you can, there you go.
Laugh at your problems to reduce stress–
Laughter is a great way to cope with stress. It releases endorphins
and boosts your immune system while also reducing those toxins in your
body. Have your favorite comedian's CD on hand with a finger on the
Choose to let your worries sit on the back burner for the time you will
pop your CD in and live in the moment for that period of times as if no
We are NOT talking about developing a permanent state of denial, lol.
Do Something To Help Someone Else - Shift your
focus. Help someone else with challenges that they are facing.
Sometimes people just need a good conversation or maybe an outside voice
to chime in or a situation. When you take the focus off yourself and
instead on trying to help someone else with their problems, it will make you feel better long
enough to put your issue in proper perspective. Often we see
what we are facing as larger than it really is. If we properly assess
the situation and instead of worrying move on to figuring out what the
next step is in order to keep moving forward, we will experience less
Take a Break - Get away for a week or a
weekend. Just you and Father Time and perhaps a camera or video
recorder. No log books allowed! If you can't get away, a
perfect way of coping with stress is simply making a conscious effort
to slow down and pay attention to the small things around you.
can't get away, a perfect way of coping with stress is simply making a conscious effort to slow down and pay attention to the small things around you.
mean, pay attention to details. In particular the beauty of things in
nature. We take a lot for granted in this fast paced society and miss
out on the true beauty and magnificence all around us every day.
the birds glide, the ducks swim or just sit back in the shade of a
beautiful autumn leaved tree and and pick a cloud to track across the
Other ways to de stress
These all help with coping with stress. But you will need to do them
long term and they should be a way of life. Don't want to hear, "I
can't do that as a trucker". It's a lie.
Get at least 7 - 9 hours of sleep
Eat healthier meals
Get exercise (yeah, I said it again)
I know, heard it all before right? Well, real talk so you want help with stress or not?