Three Ways Truckers Can De-Stress During the Holiday Season
by Apex Capital | December 10, 2014
It’s the busiest time of the year, especially for truck drivers. The holiday season brings extra freight for truckers to haul to meet the holiday shopping demands and increased traffic on the roads, leading to tight deadlines and stressful road travel. How can you keep a level head during these stressful times? Apex has some ideas that our freight factoring clients use to keep their cool when they’re stressed during the holidays.
- Get Moving: Taking a brief walk or doing some step ups in your truck when you’re at the pump can make a big difference in your attitude. By getting some exercise, you can turn your day around from tense and stressful to calm and focused. Exercise releases endorphins, which elevates your mood, calms your mind, and allows your body to relax. As little as ten minutes of physical activity can reset your day and help you to have a more enjoyable trip. Plus it doesn’t hurt to burn off some of those holiday cookies!
- Take A Deep Breath: Don’t underestimate the value of simply taking a deep breath. When your schedule is tight and you start to feel stressed, taking a moment to catch your breath can provide some instant relaxation. Be sure to inhale through your nose and fill up your lungs to get the best results. Giving your lungs an extra dose of healthy oxygen can make you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next project in front of you.
- Focus on What’s Important: Maybe someone cut you off in traffic or you had to wait longer than normal to pick up your load; no matter what stressful situation you find yourself in this holiday season, it’s important to remember to count your blessings. The Thanksgiving holiday may be over, but if you find yourself stressed out, thinking about what you are most thankful for can refocus your mind and put things into perspective. By focusing on the positives of your life, you can keep minor annoyances in check. By reflecting on your happy family, being grateful for a fulfilling job, or other blessings in your life, you keep your mind on the happy, non-stressful parts of life, which can turn your mood around and stop stress in its tracks.
Get in touch with Apex Capital today to see how our freight factoring and fuel programs can help your business save money, work smarter, and grow. Call 1-855-369-APEX.