How to Relax Before Driving – 6 Quick Tips for Easing Anxiety

Spending so many hours on the road can lead to a lot of frustration and anxiety. Maybe four-wheelers are cutting you off left and right, traffic is at a standstill, or you’re late for a delivery. Whatever the case, it can be beneficial to get some R&R in before starting off in the morning (or night, depending on your schedule) so these things don’t grate on your nerves as much throughout the day. Keep reading to learn about how to relax before driving!

Person's view of beach with a book in handGet plenty of sleep. If you’re tired, you won’t be able to focus on your task at hand — driving the truck. Lack of sleep can lead to inflammation, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, and affect glucose levels. Hard to be relaxed on the road when all you want to do is crawl back into bed! Aim for 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.

Practice breathing techniques. Deep breathing techniques will help you relax and feel calmer on the road. These are particularly helpful when a crazy 4-wheeler cuts you off for the 65th time in a day. Do some truck driver stretches along with these breathing techniques for an added benefit.

Do a hobby that calms you. Hobbies help lower your anxiety levels and improve your ability to focus. Maybe it’s reading a good book, knitting a sweater, playing video games, or watching your favorite show. Doing something that makes you happy will obviously put you in a good mental state. Though you might not have time before you take off for the day, hobbies are a great way to unwind after a particularly taxing day of driving.

Do a quick workout. Doesn’t have to be anything hardcore and strenuous – take a few laps around your truck or the truck stop. Do some jump roping or crunches. Anything that gets that heart rate up will actually relax you prior to driving and alleviate some stress.

Listen to your favorite music. Put on some music or an audio book that soothes you. Be careful not to put anything too soothing on, though — we don’t want to fall asleep!

Make healthy food choices. By adopting a healthier diet, you’ll have more energy and feel calmer and less anxious during the day – a big benefit with such a stressful job! 

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How do you relax before or after a day full of driving? Do you have any hobbies you like to do when you get some free time, or are you more of a “kick it on my bed/couch” kind of person when you need to unwind? Share your relaxation tips below!

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Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the TheHealthyTrucker.net, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!