Learn How to Better Manage Stress
Managing stress can be challenging – especially when you’re out on the road and away from home. We’ve identified resources that will help you to identify and manage stress, relax, and maintain good mental health. As with all resources on this site, if you think that you are suffering from chronic stress, anxiety, or depression, use these stress management resources as a starting point for a discussion with your doctor.
Stress and Your Body
The ability to manage stress in the workplace can not only improve your physical and emotional health, it can also make a difference between success and failure on the job and in your personal life.
- Healthfinder.gov provides an overview of different types of stress, tips for preventing and managing stress, and an action plan for dealing with stress.
- MedlinePlus provides an interactive, multimedia tutorial for managing stress.
- The Mayo Clinic offers tools for assessing your stress levels, learning about types of stress, and practical tips for managing stress.
- While initially created for students, BestColleges.com’s Student’s Guide to Balancing Stress provides an easy-to-understand overview of what stress is and its effects, tips for managing stress, and resources for getting help to deal with stress.
Learn to Relax
Often, we need to remind ourselves to take time out of our busy schedules to relax. Even if we find time to relax, it’s hard to clear our minds from stressful thoughts. Setting aside just 10 to 20 minutes per day for relaxation practice can help you to reduce everyday stress levels, anxiety, and muscle tension. As you learn to better manage stress, you’ll see an improvement in your mood, energy levels, and focus. The resources identified below provide instructions for an assortment of guided relaxation techniques – many of these can be done as you sit in your cab. Explore these sites to find the relaxation methods that will work best for you.
The Mayo Clinic provides videos with yoga and meditation exercises.
Helpguide.org provides tips for practicing deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi, and self-massage. Additional tools are also available. For example, if you wish to listen to soothing music while practicing deep breathing, meditation music is provided.
Maintain Your Mental Health
At some point in our lives, many of us find ourselves in positions where we feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. In fact, each year about 15 million Americans, including more than 6 million men, experience depression. Being away from home and on the road can cause stress. When you add home demands, you have the recipe for additional stress, anxiety, or depression.
Learning to identify the symptoms of depression and being willing to ask for help are important to maintaining good mental health. The following resources provide information about support programs and tips for ensuring your emotional health.
The National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a good starting point for learning more about the signs, symptoms, and treatments of depression. Importantly, NIMH can help you get help. If you’re unsure where to go for help – talk to someone you trust who has experience in mental health, like a doctor, nurse, or clergy member. NIMH provides more information about the types of people and places that will make a referral to, or provide, diagnostic and treatment services.
Additional Mental Health Resources
Everyday Health also provides a comprehensive resource center for finding out more about depression. Information is available to help you identify signs of depression and figure out who to ask for help when you’re depressed.
RehabCenter.net provides resources addressing mental health and addiction.