Truckers Fighting Depression

Truckers Fighting Depression
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Sunday, January 12, 2020

6 Ways To Prevent Trucker Depression

Depression is often associated with stress and anxiety. Truck drivers are vulnerable to depression because of the high demands of their job. Some demands include extended periods of time away from family and friends, long hours, irregular work/rest schedule, isolation on the road, and general dangers of driving a large vehicle around inexperienced drivers.

To keep healthy and prevent yourself from falling into depression, try atleast one of these tips as part of your work routine:

1. Keep in touch with family, friends, and other truckers. 

By meeting other truckers at truck stops, shippers, and receivers, you can build relationships and a community with people who face the same challenges. Sharing your struggles with someone else who understands can take away feelings of isolation. Drivers can also use mobile apps to keep in touch with family and friends at home.  Having meaningful conversations with people you love can be an instant mood booster for you during long hours on the road.

2. Choose healthier food options.

Driving can be difficult on a driver's waist line.  It's often hard to find anything to eat but fast food and high calorie truck stop snacks. This can put drivers on the fast track to obesity, which is another risk factor for depression.  If possible, you should keep a refrigerator in the truck.  You can often prepare your own meals in the truck, or you can prepare and freeze meals before you leave home. I'll soon do a blog post or video on meal prep for truckers.

3. Get moving.

Sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy for anybody.  With limited time for breaks, drivers need to make the most of their down time by stretching and exercising.  Exercise improves a person's health and releases hormones that fight stress and depression.  Take advantage of fitness centers when possible. Walk, jog, or do complete body weight exercises for at least 30 minutes a day.

4. Enjoy good music.

Sing along to your favorite songs.  Listening to and singing along to upbeat music can help improve a driver's mood  and make a long drive a little less long.  If the road is causing anxiety or you are sleeping poorly, listen to quiet, calming music to reduce stress.  Give classical music a chance.  Some classical music that has helped me are:
   1. Satie - Gymnopedie No.1
   2. Holst - Venus the Bringer of Peace
   3.Chopin - Nocturne No. 2, Op. 9

5. Adopt a pet.

This might not be possible for you, but adopting a "trucking cat" or "trucking dog" may be exactly what you need to avoid depression.  A pet can often easily adapt to life on the road.  Not only will a pet be comforting to you on long stretches away from home, it may also improve your social life.  People often want to meet your pet, giving you a chance to regularly meet new people.

6. Learn a new skill through listening.

Online programs like Udemy and Coursera often have free or reduced priced courses which offer a certificate or diploma.  You can often just listen to the course while you drive because the videos will go into listening mode when your phone or tablet screen is put to sleep.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Depression in truckers-what you need to know about the dark side of a truck driving career.

Depression in truckers-what you need to know about the dark side of a truck driving career.


This video linked above is from the YouTube channel Smart Trucking.  I will gladly remove the video upon request from the content creator.

The text below is from the video description. 

"Depression is a definite, serious problem among the truck driver community.
Over 13% of truck drivers suffer from some level of depression, staggering figures. A truck driving career leaves a driver alone for very long periods of time, which is sometimes not healthy for the individual. The job is also very high stress which can reek havoc on a truck driver. There are signs of mild depression which every driver should be aware of. Extra tense and easily angered, feeling extra tired, uninterested in favorite activities, feeling generally unwell etc. Look for these common signs. There are a few simple ways to combat mild depression. Taking a pet along on trips, focusing on general health, good eating and exercise can be helpful, making contact with homebase on a daily basis, enjoying a hobby or favorite activity for a period of time each day are just a few. If you feel you cannot cope with what you think may be depression, there's nothing shameful about reaching out for professional help. Or in the alternative, leaving your driving job and getting your mental health back on track. No job is worth sacrificing your health for."

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Fight like a trucker. Fight depression.

  Hi my name is Tim. I am the founder of www.truckersfightingdepression.com.  This is my first blog post for this site on December 30th 2019.  I decided to start this blog because I'm a truck driver and recently I started fighting depression over where my career was going, and how I was going to be able to provide for my family. Over the years, I have had several bouts of depression which I ignored because at the time I didn't believe depression was a real thing. I've recently come to the understanding that many drivers such as myself battle with depression regularly.  I have decided to start this blog as an attempt to help myself and others. It is my goal to make this into a service for drivers with depression with access to life coaches, mental health professionals, suicide prevention hotlines, and other help that can be provided by truckers, family members, and the general public.  Over the next few weeks and months, I hope to add guest blog posts from the people above who have gone through similar instances of depression.  Future plans range from local driver outreach, to a merchandise store, to accepting donations all to expand outreach in the future.
  A little information about my last bout started back in 2016. I live in the Greater Baton Rouge area. I had just bought a truck in 2015 and everything was going good.  I woke up one morning to drive to the yard.  It was raining unusually hard in Baton Rouge that day, so I called dispatch to tell them I couldn't make it past the flooding.  Little did I know just how bad the flooding was going to be.  Over the next three days, the flooding got so bad that my truck got flooded, my home got flooded, my personal vehicles got flooded.  I lost everything my family and I ever owned. My wife and I lived in a 20x12 shed for a few months before she got injured while trying to climb in the loft.  We bought a 25 foot camper shortly after her injury.  We still live in that camper today.  Our middle daughter, our oldest grandson, our daughter's boyfriend, and his family lost everything also.  I felt helpless, and I still do.  I used to be the rock that my family leaned on when they had tough times.  Now they can't, which only makes me feel worse.  My answer for feeling this way was to try to help other truckers with the same problem.  We can't just get medication from a doctor because it might cost us our jobs.  We can't just stop doing what others depend on us for.  The only thing we can do is support each other, and

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6 Ways To Prevent Trucker Depression

Depression is often associated with stress and anxiety. Truck drivers are vulnerable to depression because of the high demands of their job....