Tips for Dealing with Stress as a New Driver

When you were earning your CDL at truck driving school, you probably couldn’t wait to get on the road and earn that first paycheck! So, it can be shocking to learn that life on the road has its stressors too. Any career transition can be stressful, particularly when the new job has a great deal of responsibility. Just know that things will get easier with time. The first year is the hardest one, but it’ll go by quickly. In the meantime, use the following techniques to relieve your stress.

Laugh at something every day.

That old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” might be a cliché, but it’s also true. No matter what’s stressing you out, you’d be amazed at how much better you feel after a few minutes of genuine laughter. Laughter therapy is a proven wellness technique that releases a flood of feel-good endorphins, eases tension from the body, and instantly lifts the mood.

Connect with nature.

As a truck driver, you have unique opportunities to see spectacular landscapes from your cab. You’ll see lots of sights that many people never get to see. Although many of those sights will pass by your window, you should make an effort to pull over once in a while. When the opportunity presents itself, find a nature trail and do a little hiking. Spend time simply standing still, gazing at a beautiful view.

Enjoy good music.

The trucking life can be a musical one. When you’re on the road, you can play the songs that you know will lift your mood. Once you’re parked for the night, switch to quieter, soothing music that will help you unwind before bedtime. Try classical music, instrumental jazz, or perhaps even a compilation of nature sounds.

At Yuma Truck Driving School, we pride ourselves on graduating thoroughly prepared truck drivers who are fully equipped to excel at life on the road. We can make your career transition easier with our job placement program, including pre-hiring opportunities with national carriers! Get in touch today at (888) 647-3239, and come down to our next open house event!

Maintaining Healthy Relationships as a Long-Distance Trucker

Long-distance trucking is financially rewarding, but it does require truckers to be away from home for long periods of time. It can be tricky to nurture relationships when a trucker is in the family, but it’s definitely possible. The following tips can help.

Making Time for Your Partner

Your home time is precious, but there are also plenty of people and issues competing for your attention while you’re home. Do make time for your partner every day that you’re home. If you have kids, find a babysitter so the two of you can get away for quality time together. Date night doesn’t have to be extravagant. Pack a picnic and visit the local park, or drive out to the country and gaze up at the stars. Being together is what counts.

Staying in Touch on the Road

Nothing can replace being with your partner, but it’s still beneficial to your relationship to stay in touch while away from home. Call your partner every day. Use videoconferencing software, like FaceTime, to help you and your partner feel closer. Communication technology is very helpful, but don’t discount old-fashioned methods of communicating. Your partner would be delighted to get a postcard from you. It’s a thoughtful way to show that you care and that you’re thinking of him or her.

Nurturing the Parent-Child Relationship

Plenty of truck drivers have young kids at home, and they’ve learned how to make it work. Just like your relationship with your spouse or partner, your relationship with your kids can be nurtured through frequent contact while on the road. Skype and FaceTime are excellent tools for talking to tech-savvy kids, but think outside the box. If your kids like video games, you could set up a console in your sleeper berth and play a long-distance game with your kids. It’s a fun way for everyone to relieve stress and spend time together despite the distance.

Yuma Truck Driving School offers flexible learning options, including evening and weekend classes, so you can earn your CDL while meeting your current responsibilities. When you’re ready to begin your rewarding career in the trucking industry, give us a call at (888) 647-3239. You could earn your CDL in just weeks!