Truck driver jobs make great careers, but not if you neglect your body and mind while you're on the road. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to avoid burnout. By establishing healthy habits and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can avoid the kind of burnout that can lead to dissatisfaction and stress. Below are five ways to take care of yourself on and off the road, to help ensure good quality of life.
1. Fuel Up With The Good Stuff (Healthier Diet)
Maintaining a healthy diet while you're on the road is totally possible! By selecting the right food when you stop to eat and by keeping healthy snacks on hand, you can satisfy your hunger and keep your body in good shape.
Snack on healthy foods. You probably bring snacks with you when you're on the road. Make sure those snacks are healthy! Fresh fruits like apples and berries are loaded with fiber and antioxidants that help you maintain a good immune system and fight infections. Some trucks have a refrigerator inside them, others need a cooler. Either way, it's a good idea to stock up each time you leave for another trip on the open road. Bring slices of raw peppers, carrot sticks and other vegetables for munching while you drive. Need something more filling? Opt for nuts, sharp cheeses, or even lean jerky.
Opt for more lean meats. You'll probably end up stopping at your fair share of diners when you're driving. Pass on the hamburgers loaded with bacon. Opt for the salad with baked chicken, or the club sandwich with baked turkey. Sometimes, you may even luck out and find a place with a turkey burger! Put the mayo on the side, and put on only as much as you need to enjoy the meal.
Drink lots of water. You'll be tempted to drink a lot of sports drinks, energy drinks, and sodas while you're driving. Avoid any drinks that have a lot of sugar - they spike your insulin levels and trick your metabolism, leaving you with more hunger cues and cravings. Instead, drink water! Bring a refillable container with you to make it easier to drink water while you're driving.
2. Maintain a Routine Sleep Schedule
It's not always easy to maintain a good sleep schedule while you're on the road. If you're sleeping in your rig, invest in good quality bedding to make your sleep more comfortable. When you take breaks, stretch or exercise whenever possible. The more active you are during the day, the easier it will be to sleep at night.
Stop drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks beyond a certain hour of the day, to help your body wind down. If you have a hard time sleeping on the road, stop any screen time an hour before going to bed. When you're at home, maintain the same sleep schedule that you maintain on the road. Being consistent with your sleep makes sleeping easier.
3. Take the Breaks
You're supposed to take breaks throughout the day - you know you are. Do it! During breaks, get out of your rig. Make the break matter. Enjoy your time walking around, jogging, exercising, or engaging in a hobby that you enjoy. Having an on-the-road hobby that's meaningful to you can make your breaks more enjoyable. Some truckers like knitting or playing an instrument, others journal. What hobbies do you love?
4. Keep Your Mind on You (Don't Worry About Someone Else's Driving Log)
Truck driving can be really overwhelming. Don't pay attention to the other drivers on the road or how much work time they're logging. Do what's healthy and right for you. By keeping your mind on what matters to you, you'll be happier overall, and feel less pressure to work harder than you need to.
5. Embrace Technology
There are many apps that can help you track your health and happiness. Embrace technology that enables you to track which foods you're eating, how much you're sleeping, and other data points. This will give you a sense of how healthy your lifestyle is, and what you can do to make your lifestyle even healthier moving forward.
On a side note, technology can also help you stay in touch with loved ones and family members while you're on the road. Invest in a phone plan that will give you all the data and screen time you need to be able to reach out to the people you’re close to whenever you feel like it.
Find the Right Truck Driver Jobs
The best way to avoid burn out when you're working as a truck driver is to find truck driver jobs that are high paying and personally satisfying. If you're not happy with your life, change it! Contact us to find out more about our truck driver jobs and opportunities.