As the New Year rolls in, it’s a good time to start thinking about how you can make this year better than the last. When your life is on the road it can be challenging to think of what it means to change your routine and especially, how to get started. Despite the best of intentions, once the glow of a fresh new year wears off, many people struggle to make good on their plans.
Start Your New Year Off Right!
New Year's resolutions don’t have to be big life changes, they can be little changes that make each day a little better. Start small. Small changes make a big difference and setting goals for yourself is healthy. You can even try writing them down to hold yourself accountable! In case you’re stuck on ideas, here are a few resolutions to help kick start your year:
1. Eating Healthy Eating healthy is everybody’s New Year’s resolution! That being said, it is for a good reason. Healthy eating for a truck driver is definitely challenging but also doable. Now a days, restaurants, fast food chains, and even some rest stops have shifted towards healthier options and if you plan ahead, you can avoid them altogether. Make a goal of pre-packing snacks and make little changes to improve your diet.
2. Get in Better Shape
Sitting in the driver’s seat doesn’t exactly stretch and build up many muscles. Keep trim in 2022 by exercising as much as you can during pit-stops. Try to walk enough during breaks that it adds up to at least an hour each day.
3. Sleep Better
Not only is a good night's sleep one of the biggest contributors to improving your personal health, but sleep deprivation is also an important safety issue for drivers. Making sure you are well rested and energized is essential when you are on the road. Statistics show that most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
4. Find Ways to Stay Connected
One of the biggest challenges for truck drivers is the fact that you spend so much time away from your friends and family. Staying connected to your loved ones is easier than ever before with the help of technology. Make plans for regular FaceTime or Skype sessions, call or text loved ones during your breaks, and snap and share photos when you stop in a new city.
5. Learn a New Hobby
Hobbies are a great way to keep you occupied during breaks and home time. Choose something that’s easy enough to take on the road with you. Photography, for instance, will allow you to practice your budding skills every time your job takes you someplace new. Learn a new language with the help of an audio program or purchase a musical instrument you can practice any time you stop.
These are just a few ideas for truck drivers to use for their New Year’s resolutions. Challenge yourself to be healthier and happier by making a lifestyle change from this list. It’s time to make 2022 your best year yet!