Life on a long-haul trucking assignment where you’re away from home for days or sometimes even weeks at a time is tough on truckers and their families. Trucking is unlike any other job in the world. Whereas most workers spend their day socializing with other employees in the office or warehouse, truckers spend it in solitude with only the hum of the engine, the asphalt in front of their rig and perhaps some music for company.
At the same time, your family is back at home, without you, trying to keep as normal of a life as possible. Truckers and their families know that separation is a way of life for them, but that does not diminish the stress and loneliness that often occurs. Although there is no magic formula for coping with separation, here are ten tips that can help you through the long hours away from home.
Tip #1. Stay Connected
Set aside time each day to communicate with your family via Skype, FaceTime or a simple phone call.
Tip #2. Use a Journal
Setting out thoughts and feelings can help bring things into focus.
Tip #3. Pursue Hobbies and Special Interests
These can fill the hours when you are on the road.
Tip #4. Use Relaxation Techniques
When stressed, try deep
abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualizing a peaceful scene and positive self-talk.
Tip #5. Exercise and Eat Right
Sitting all day is bad for your health. Find time for short aerobic and strength exercise. Eat healthy food and bring low-fat snacks. You’ll feel better if you do.
Tip #6. Be Mindful
Practicing mindfulness, being aware and doing regular meditation will show you the positive things in life.
Tip #7. Build a Support Network
Having a supportive network of like-minded individuals that you can regularly contact will dispel loneliness.
Tip #8. Be Kind to Yourself
Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t sweat the little stuff.
Tip #9. Choose to Be Happy
If you can’t change the situation, choose to change the way you think about it.
Tip #10. Practice Time Management
Do paperwork and other work-related tasks on the road in between driving assignments so you can spend time with family at home.
For more information on how to live the trucking lifestyle, contact us at Pay4Freight.