Hotshot trucking is a job that requires you to work long hours and endure heavy traffic, bad weather situations, unreasonable demands of shippers, and strict DOT regulations among others. Needless to say, these things can cause tremendous stress for truckers. And there is no better way to relieve stress than taking time off from work. Sadly, this is something that many truckers fail to realize.
Regular vacations are not a common thing in the hotshot industry. Some drivers take two days off and consider it as a vacation. But in most cases, they also spend these hours conditioning their truck. That is not a time off from the job.
What If I can’t Afford It?
If you worry that you can’t afford a downtime, planning ahead can make it happen. Save as much as you can each payday for your vacation. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Think of something that you and your family enjoy doing. It can be as simple as a fishing or camping trip or a hiking adventure. The most important thing is you enjoy and relax.
Vacation is an Investment
Vacation is an investment you put into your physical and mental health. A study released by the American Psychological Association shows that vacation is effective in reducing stress. Various studies also highlight the positive effects of taking a vacation on your vascular health.
Moreover, getting time off from work and spending it with your family or friends can help improve your relationship with them. That is even more rewarding!
If you need further encouragement to take a vacation, here are 5 benefits that may convince you to take that much needed break:
1. Better work-life balance
Taking time off will help you gain a better work-life balance. Life is not just about driving and loads. You probably have interests and hobbies that you have long forgotten or have set aside because you need to work and earn. Take the time to rekindle what you love doing. Doing so allows you to get back on the road and you’ll feel happier and less stressed.
2. Helps prevent an anxiety attack
Logging long hours for several days at a time can lead to anxiety attack. People who suffer from anxiety typically get easily irritated, have trouble concentrating, easily get tired, and have poor memory. These behavior can greatly affect your overall performance. And if you can’t focus on what you are doing, you are also at risk of getting into a road accident. Before this happen, give yourself a break to relax.
3. You’ll be more productive when you return
People have different motivations to work. But one thing is for sure: coming back to work from a relaxing vacation can make you feel rejuvenated, increase your drive to work, and look forward to your next vacation.
4. Improves your relationship with others
While work is important and it’s good to focus on your career, it is also beneficial to your emotional and mental wellbeing to maintain a good relationship with others especially if you are a family man. But how can you do it if you are always on the road?
With modern gadgets, communication may still be possible in between trips, but nothing beats spending quality time with the people you love.
5. Helps you regain your focus on your goals
With so many things to juggle especially if you are an owner-operator, you’ll easily lose your focus on your goals and business plans. Taking several days off can give you a clear mind and help you develop an effective game plan to achieve your goals.
Taking time off from your trucking job may sound like a luxury, but it is not. You deserve it! The benefits we have listed above should help you look forward to your first or next vacation.