Trucking is known for being a lonely profession – lots of time spent by yourself, away from your loved ones, and in strange cities. Not only is it lonely, it can be easy to let yourself fall off the wagon and into unhealthy habits. There’s no one there to keep you in check but yourself, and you don’t have the benefit of your local grocery store and refrigerator, not to mention your job requires constant physical inaction, and mental focus. It doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult to maintain stability and strong habits while you’re working, though. With just a little bit of organization, truckers can live just as fulfilling and vigorous lives as non-nomads.
Feed Well and Sleep Well
The twin pillars of a healthy existence or providing your body with the nutrition it needs, and letting it rest and recuperate. As a trucker, it can be tempting to get fast food on the road, eat at restaurants, or try and subsist off of one big meal. But with light and consistent healthy snacking, it doesn’t have to be frustrating. Buying deli meats or vegetable snack packs, even bags of unbuttered popcorn, and bottles of water instead of soda, can make a big difference over carb heavy, trans fatty foods. It will not only keep your weight and blood pressure in check, you’ll feel more alert and ready as well! Make sure that you’re coupling that practice with sleeping well, avoiding alcohol and television before bed, and trying to incorporate reading or stretching before it’s lights out.
Keep Your Body and Your Mind Active!
The radio can sure get monotonous, but what else is there? For those long drives, it can be helpful to download podcasts, audiobooks, new music, and even talk radio stations onto your smart device. That way, you’re learning and stimulating while you drive! Help keep yourself awake and focused by sitting up straight, pushing the seat forward, building muscle mass during your time off, and going on walks or jobs whenever there’s a chance, like while you’re gassing up or stopping at a weigh station. You can use that time to plan phone conversations as well, so you don’t lose touch with your family and friends and can hear about their lives at a scheduled time so that no one is inconvenienced.
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