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What is Emotional Health?
Everyone knows the benefits of good physical health. But what about your emotional health? What is emotional health and how do you maintain it? This is especially important for Truckers who spend so much time away from friends and family and where life on the road can be experienced as isolation. Picking up a load, dropping a load and looking for a load can be stressful events. What emotions are experienced with these events?
Emotional health is important to your overall health. When you are in good emotional health, you are better able to control your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You are better able to cope with the stuff life throws at you on a daily or even hourly basis. You are able to bounce back from setbacks. More often, you will feel good about yourself and will have good relationships. The “root” emotions include anxiety, fear, and sadness and joy.
Being emotionally healthy does not mean you are happy all the time. It means you are aware of your emotions, and you can deal with them, whether they are positive or negative. You can learn how to manage your negative feelings, you can tell when a problem is more than you can handle on your own and know when to seek help.
Your emotions can protect you from danger and can increase your experience of life. This is healthy! What is not healthy and not good is when emotions become excessive, irrational, ongoing, distressing or interfere with your daily life.
Veronica V. James, M.A.
Founder and CEO
Our Children Our Future, Inc.
Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. It is meant for informational purposes.
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Load up and Unload! Here are some simple techniques you can do to relax pre-trip and during your ten hour break. The following video contains a series of exercises posted by Dr. Jaan Reitav that you can do in your truck to improve your sleep and your stress levels.
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Care for Your Emotional Health OTR
According to NCBI, truckers have been found to have significant issues affecting their mental health. There is an opportunity to provide this industry with information that can help to address these issues. However, getting information to the over 3 million truck drivers is challenging because of the nature of the industry – it is a totally mobile industry! Furthermore they travel through areas that may have limited satellite signals and communication connections fail. Often, the communication fails at a time when the trucker is most in need of talking to someone – a dispatcher, a shipper, receiver, family support or call for non-emergency maintenance. Depending on the circumstance, this situation can create a level of stress for the truck driver, who may already have been driving for many hours and is becoming sleep deprived.
Often individuals have a “usual” manner in which they handle stress. Some display anxiety by becoming angry, breathing becomes rapid, heart beat increases and thinking becomes fuzzy. The mind becomes flooded with “worst case scenarios” as a result of the current situation and poor decision-making can create a life or death event.
How can a trucker support his or her emotional health while on the road and being faced with stressful situations? The usual strategies are not always appropriate for this mobile industry. It is important to learn skills and strategies that each individual trucker can use when conditions do not permit for the usual tips. Relaxation is the key to relieving stress. For more information on relaxation techniques, watch the video by Dr. Jaan Reitav posted in Today’s Trucker Magazine.
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