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5 steps to staying happy and healthy on the road


5 steps to staying happy and healthy on the road

The life of a trucker isn't easy, with long hours behind the wheel of a big rig and days at a time spent away from home, but there are plenty of ways to get enjoyment and fulfillment on the job. Any experienced pro hauler would tell you the job is what you make it, and if you're trying to find new ways to approach the job, you always have a few options.

The following tips should help any trucker feel good — both physically and mentally — about a life on America's highways and byways:

1) Be proactive about seeking medical advice

If you want to stay healthy, consulting a doctor on a regular basis is a great way to do it, according to the Diesel Driving Academy. Having an honest conversation about how you feel every day (again, that can mean mentally, physically or both) with a medical professional will help you find strategies to start taking better care of yourself. That, in turn, will help you feel good on a daily basis. At the very least, you should be making appointments for a physical every year without fail.

2) Get more exercise

Another good way to feel better overall is to remain active, the Diesel Driving Academy said. It doesn't have to be intense or for a long time, but even 30 minutes of walking or calisthenics each day will help keep you in better shape. As an added bonus, exercise has mental health benefits as well.

3) Stay in touch with family and friends

If you're on the road for days or more at a time, it's important to make sure you're maintaining your various personal connections, according to One Way Trailers. The technology is all there to empower you to do just that: Video chats with your kids at night, phone calls with your buddies while you're on the road, emails, texts and more are all great ways to stay in touch and get a little more enjoyment out of your day.

4) Keep yourself mentally stimulated

While you might like to listen to one of your favorite albums or relatively mindless talk radio on the road, it's also a good idea to challenge yourself mentally on a daily basis, One Way Trailers noted. Something as simple as reading a book, doing a crossword puzzle or even playing games on your phone can be a simple way to keep your brain stimulated.

5) Find jobs that incentivize good work

No one likes to feel as though they're working for a company that doesn't value them, either as a person or professional, according to NextTruck. If you think you're not being fairly compensated or that your dispatchers are pushing you too hard, you might want to look for work elsewhere and see if you can get a signing bonus or better ongoing pay. If you're an experienced trucker, you might have more options to do so than you realize.

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