I was once told by a mentor of mine that anxious thoughts can be like a train and that once you are on that train, it can be hours or days before you are able to get off at the next station. So imagine, you are standing there at the station and see that the train is approaching. The train is the anxious or stressful thought you are currently dealing with. She said that before the train approaches, you should evaluate whether you will allow that stress or anxiety to preoccupy your life for the foreseeable future or will you catch the next train?
I find that this simple analogy had a significant impact on how I view stress and anxiety in daily life.
Many of us spend a large portion of our day at work and a main stressor that we all tend to face throughout our lives is in the workplace. Numerous studies have shown that we spend over 50% of our waking hours at work and over 90,000 hours at our work during the course of our lifetime. The amount of time spent at work, undoubtedly, lead to added workplace stress.
What does this have to do with transportation and moving?
Given the growth of Amazon and other businesses of almost instantaneous delivery, it has placed more pressure on transportation companies to meet a more demanding schedule. BusinessWire published an article in August 2019 in which the rise of on-demand delivery apps are reshaping customer expectations1. This increased demand and the importance of the delivery experience will ultimately lead to additional workplace stress that transportation companies and drivers will have to address (i.e. accidents, distracted driving, difficult operating conditions, anger, traffic citations, etc.).
It is important to spend time taking care of yourself, especially transportation drivers who are dealing with ever-changing delivery expectations and schedules.
While there are countless articles related to mitigating workplace stress, I have always relied on one general approach: at the end of the day make sure to let the train carrying stress and anxiety pass through to the next station and get aboard the evening train home workplace stress free.
Written By: Josh Godfrey
Josh attended Seattle Pacific University for his higher education and has been in the Moving and Storage industry for 15 years, specializing in Underwriting. When Josh is not at work he likes to read, go to the range and cook.