We all can agree that a truck driver's job can be stressful. Stress is part of the job, and learning how to cope with the built-up stress that driving causes can help you improve your daily life.
It may seem thrilling at first, but when you get into this kind of job, you realize it is fast-moving, stressful, exhausting, and isolating. After being in this job position for years, you become addicted to the trucking lifestyle, and soon you start to notice the job is taking over your mental and physical health.
Let's talk about truck drivers' burnout and how to handle it.
What is a truck driver's burnout?
It is a condition where the truck driver becomes exhausted from his job. It's not just a job; it's a lifestyle, and this routine can completely consume truckers. If you have been in this business for years, the chances are high that you will suffer from burnout in some form.
What are the symptoms of a truck driver's burnout?
Symptoms can vary from person to person. Signs of burnout can be physical to mental, such as:
- Weaker immunity
- Loss of motivation
- Muscle pain and headache
- No appetite
- Lack of self-confidence
These are just some of the signs of burnout that can lead to depression if you do not take the time to rest and deal with the problem.
How to avoid and handle burnout?
Here are some ways to successfully beat burnout:
1. Find a balance between life and work
It is not always easy, bearing in mind that you do not make money if you do not drive. But the balance between life and work can be crucial for most truckers.
2. Regular driving planning
Let's be realistic; if you're tired, you're not doing yourself any good. If you fall asleep behind the wheel, you can endanger your life and the lives of other road users. Create a driving schedule to get into a regular sleep schedule.
3. Use electronic logs
Electronic logs will help you not to overdo it. They will force you to rest more regularly and get out of the way after 70 hours or as close to 70 hours as possible. With the electronic logs, you will relax more and take breaks. Some drivers may not like them, but these electronic diaries are designed not to experience burnout as soon as they start working for the company.
Burnout is something every driver faces at some point in their career.
Fortunately, you can avoid burnout if you follow the tips above. These tips can help you stay mentally and physically fit and maintain a balance between personal and professional life.