truck driver blues

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There’s a reason that trucker drivers are regarded as heroes. Mile after mile, trucking can be a lonely, stressful and physically demanding gig.

In fact, 26.9% of truckers suffer from some form of depression—more than ¼ of the entire industry are feeling the truck driver blues.

Why is that number so high?

Well, the National Library of Medicine reports that long-haul drivers, “face a myriad of occupational pressures and demands” that are brutal.

To name just a few,

  • Tough sleeping schedules,
  • Racing the clock while staying safe,
  • Limited movement causing health concerns,
  • …and the list goes on.

Of course, everyone feels down now and then. But sustained sadness over months, or even years, can have a serious effect on your health.

For sake of your well-being and happiness, here are a few hacks you can use to be happier on the road.


1. Fighting Truck Driver Blues: Get moving

When getting up is a struggle, pushing up might seem like an impossibility.

Though tough at first, exercise can make a massive difference in your overall mood in several ways, including:

  • A flood of feel-good chemicals to stabilize your mood.
  • A boost in confidence as you look and feel better.
  • An interruption of negative thought cycles by doing something tough. Though exercise on the road can be complicated, simple, bodyweight workouts on YouTube can be excellent resources for your workout routine.


2. Fighting Truck Driver Blues: Get talking

As it turns out, the adage “the more the merrier” has some science-backed truth.

The National Library of Medicine has demonstrated that social interaction produces dopamine, “which gives us a little high and it kills pain, it’s like a naturally produced morphine.”

If you need a pick-me-up, try calling up an old friend. You’ll both be glad you did!


3. Fighting Truck Drive Blues: Get generous

If you’re looking for dopamine, providing service through small acts of kindness is a lottery of a move.

Research shows a correlation between declining rates of depression and frequent acts of service.

It’s a pretty beautiful irony: By turning outward, you can find healing within.


Life is meant to be enjoyed. Trucking is filled with breathtaking views and the freedom of the open road.

But, if you’re like so many truckers struggling with truck driver blues, try working out, getting out, and giving out to see a difference.

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