The transport industry is a unique landscape, with many workers known to spend the majority of their time on their own and within the confines of their vehicle. This can prove both isolating and stressful as so much of the emphasis for the employee is on a deadline and time constraint.
The good news for transport workers is that you are able to influence the impact that your job has on your health. Here are some ideas for how you can make your job work for you!
Eat well and prepare meals ahead – it’s easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits while you’re on the road. A diet of whole foods, nutritious meals and healthy snacks is going to provide you with more energy and a greater stability in your mood. Drinking plenty of water, too, is sure to have you feeling more refreshed and ready to take on whatever your day throws at you.
Communicate with the people around you as much as possible. Schedule to meet up with people or call your family if you can. Connect with the people you see most often and take the time to have meaningful conversations with them. These social connections are also proven to be strong protective factors against mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Move as much as possible – spending lots of time on the road can have adverse effects on your mood, stress levels and productivity. Try to increase the amount of time your heart rate is up by walking in breaks or making time to exercise before and after work. The fresh air will also help!
Take a piece of home with you – it can be comforting to have some pieces of familiarity when you’re on your own. Try taking a photo of your family or something that reminds you of home.
Get plenty of sleep – aim to switch off from work an hour before you go to bed to give your body a chance to wind down, and try to get to bed at a reasonable hour. You could try using a meditation app such as Smiling Mind to help you calm down before going to sleep.
Keep your mind engaged – download a podcast app on your phone and listen to it whenever you can. Learning something new has been shown to boost your confidence which is great for your wellbeing – even if it’s just signing up for a new hobby, rediscovering something you used to love or taking a development opportunity at work.