- Stay safe
Making time to celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones is essential, but coming home safe to your loved ones after a long haul is more important. If you’re caught in a snowstorm, stranded because of icy roads, or left outside in subzero temperatures, you can risk your life. Make sure your safety pack is stocked at all times and kept in your cab.
- Take advantage of technology
Skype and FaceTime are technologies that help trucking families connect when they’re unable to be together. Set up a call during a holiday dinner, read a holiday story, or just chat.
- Celebrate with others who are also alone
Truckers aren’t the only ones who will be alone on the holidays. Take some time to volunteer and connect with others who are also separated from their families. There are many out there who will be without food and shelter during the season, and they will greatly appreciate your efforts. Who knows, you may find something else to be thankful for.
- Be healthy
You don’t need to go on a green diet or give up your favorite snacks, but it is important to ditch the grumpiness. Stress causes fatigue, headaches, nausea, body aches, insomnia, chest pains, and rapid heartbeat. Maintaining a healthy routine reduces stress, and makes you more pleasant to be around when you finally do return to your family.
- Give up on calendar dates
Create a new family tradition—celebrate a few days early or late. It’s not the day on the calendar that matters. Spending time with family, friends, and loved ones are what truly makes the holiday season special, no matter which ones you celebrate.
Just because you’re on the road for the holidays doesn’t mean you have to miss the festivities. Hopefully, these tips will help you stay cheery this year if you can’t be at home.