Can Excessive Amounts of Driving affect your Mental health?
As the UK lockdown starts to lift we thought we’d explore the effect driving can have on your mental health, while it’s clear that poor mental health can affect performance and potentially increase costs for an operator, but as a driver how can you ensure that the long hours in your cab doesn’t begin to affect your mental health?
Firstly, let’s look at the environment, as the levels of traffic have been lower than normal you may have noticed less traffic jams and less congestions, this is part of your environment you have to face day to day. Traffic, Congestion and worst of all poor driving can cause stress and as the traffic starts to build this may start to weigh on you.
Tramping (nights out in your truck) is another environmental factor – separation from family and friends could lead to loneliness/isolation.
Your employer can also pile on the stress through poor communication, uncertainly or just those unrealistic delivery slots forcing you to wait hours to be loaded/unloaded.
Suddenly that cosy cab isn’t looking too appealing, however, there are things you can do to minimise the impact of stress in your professional and personal life.
Firstly, we recommend that you speak to someone, this could be your partner, a trusted friend or speak to a mental health trained professional. If you’re in need of support and advice then please visit: https://www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk/
Secondly, exercise can help you release tension and stress, 5 or 10 minutes is maybe all you need.
Thirdly, take some time for yourself and spend it with your family, a holiday, a staycation might be all you need to clear the stress and get you back to feeling yourself.
Lastly, have you considered moving roles or organisations better suited to your desires and values? Rather than have that one thing bother you all day, it’s gone!
Have you found your mental health affected by long hours behind the wheel? Let us know