At present, stress is more present in the work of professional drivers and many transporters may suffer it due to the uncertainty and pressure caused by the health crisis of COVID-19.
To help control this problem, the Foundation for Road Safety (FESVIAL) has published 10 recommendations to try to manage the stress that can be caused by the current situation in driving:
- Get the necessary hours of sleep to be rested and keep in mind proper sleep hygiene.
- Do not spend too much time on negative thoughts that may cause worry or stress.
- Avoiding alcohol consumption and not self-medicating.
- Don’t set unattainable goals that can create pressure and overload. It is essential to always prioritize the most important goals.
- Enjoy your free time by doing something pleasant or fun. This will make you put aside for a moment the negative thoughts and worries caused by the situation.
- While driving, listen to music you like to make the trip more enjoyable. Don’t overhear information about the pandemic on the radio. It is important to be informed but over-information can lead to a feeling of constant uneasiness.
- Maintain a healthy diet that prioritizes fruits, vegetables and legumes and drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is essential.
- Reduce consumption of tobacco, coffee and other stimulants.
- Control your speed even when there is no traffic. High speeds can create tension and stress.
- If you suffer an anxiety attack while driving, it is best to stop in a safe area as quickly as possible. If you can not relax, ask for help. Shortness of breath, palpitations, choking sensation or overflowing are some symptoms of suffering a panic attack.
We are in a difficult and very responsible situation, but we must not lose sight of the fact that health is always the most important thing. Take care of yourself behind the wheel!