Overcoming Driver Burnout
You spend many hours on the road as a truck driver, often away from home and loved ones. Driver burnout can occur as a result of the job being physically demanding, emotionally stressful, and emotionally depleting. We'll look at the symptoms of driver burnout, coping tactics, and prevention techniques to help you avoid burnout and stay healthy in and out of the cab.
What is Driver Burnout?
Burnout in a driver is a state of physical, mental, and emotional weariness caused by continuous stress or overwork. Burnout symptoms vary from person to person, but some frequent signs include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Excessive irritability or mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Headaches, muscle tension, and digestive problems
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is critical that you take steps to avoid burnout from worsening.
Steps For Handling Driver Burnout If you are suffering from driver burnout, you might attempt the following coping tactics to assist manage your symptoms:
- Take frequent pauses, which can reduce weariness and improve and concentration.
- Every 2-3 hours of driving, try to take a 15-20 minute break to stretch, walk, or rest.
- Make self-care a priority. Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This involves eating healthily, getting enough sleep, and engaging in enjoyable activities.
- Even if you're on the road, try to stay in touch with loved ones and friends. Social support can aid in stress and burnout reduction.
- Experiment with various stress-reduction techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. These techniques can assist you in relaxing and managing stress more efficiently. Continue reading for some pointers on how to practice mindfulness or meditation.
- If necessary, consider obtaining professional treatment from a mental health specialist if you're feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope with burnout. They can assist you in developing personalized coping skills as well as providing support.
Truckers can attempt the following mindfulness and meditation techniques:
- Take a few deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing. Inhale via your nose for a few seconds, then exhale through your mouth.
- Lie down or sit comfortably and concentrate on each part of your body, beginning with your toes and working your way up to your head. Any sensations, tightness, or discomfort should be noted, and any tension should be released.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, the engine noise, and the feel of the steering wheel in your hands. Avoid distractions such as your phone or the radio and try to be in the present moment.
- To help you focus your attention and assist you through the meditation practice, use a guided meditation app or website.
Methods for preventing driver burnout include:
- Setting realistic goals
- Maintain a proper work-life balance
- Seek support from friends and colleagues
- Stay organized
- Take care of your physical health
For the past 90 years, Epes has offered exceptional transportation services. And as one of the largest private trucking firms in the Southeast, we recognize our employees are the key to our success.
When you drive for Epes, you will be home weekly, enabling you to recharge and reconnect with the people who matter to you. As a friendly reminder of the comforts of home, Epes OTR drivers are permitted to take a dog or cat with you on the trips. Because after all, what better way to enjoy the road than with your four-legged friend.