Trucking is a tough business. Whether you’re behind the wheel or on the phones covering loads, the never ending cycle of tight deadlines, strict regulations and increasing expenses is enough to drive even the best of the best crazy.
Now, if you’ve been able to stick it out in the transportation business for a substantial amount of time you probably have your methods of handling stress. But although you may feel like you have your stress under control, it’s important to understand the long term effects that stress can have on your business and your personal life.
Experiencing stress over a long period of time can cause damage to your brain that can’t be undone. Scientists have found that stress actually decreases mental functioning, increases irritability and can even kill brain cells. Even worse for drivers out on the road, stress affects parts of the brain that control paying attention, decision making, and problem solving!
In addition to stresses effects on the brain, it also can have effects on the rest of your body such as low energy, headaches, chest pain, elevated heartbeat, and tense muscles to name a few.
So how to we reduce stress? Good nutrition, regular exercise, and meditation are common methods of reducing stress but one commonly overlooked technique is laughter! According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter can have short and long-term benefits in reducing stress. Their studies found that laughter can active and relieve your stress response, sooth tension, improve your immune system, relieve pain and increase personal satisfaction.
As it turns out, laughter might truly be the best medicine! Now that you know laughing is good for you, you just have to find something to laugh about. I know that for me, when it comes to those dreadful at-home tasks such as laundry, I like to lighten the mood by listening to my favorite comedians while I complete them. Satellite radio has dozens of comedy channels to suit any taste with easy access while on the road. If you’re a trucker, you’re most likely spending the majority of your time in your truck alone, so you are free to relieve that stress and LOL all you want!
For information on HG Logistics, LLC, located in Cincinnati, OH, please contact General Manager Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026.