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!