Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

September 27th, 2017

The holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means.

Food, food and more food!

Yoga is a great, low impact exercise that will not only help you keep those extra pounds off, but help you stay calm and relaxed during all of that extra time around your in-laws. One of the great things about practicing yoga is that you don’t need a ton of space or experience to get started. There are numerous apps and sites like Kalimukti that provide virtual yoga classes making it possible to practice anywhere and anytime.

According to WebMD, practicing yoga can lower blood pressure, reduce insomnia and lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Below are some beginning poses to get you started!

 

What: Cobblers Pose
Benefits: Opens the hips, releasing tension and promoting digestion.
Precautions: If you have a kneed or groin injury make sure to support the legs with a cushion or blanket under the knee.

 

What: Cat Pose
Benefits: Lengthens and releases tension from the spine, improving alignment and flexibility.
Precautions: If you have a neck injury make sure you are only moving the head only as far as feel comfortable.

 

 

 

What: Cow Face Pose
Benefits: Improves flexibility of the ankles, hips, thighs, shoulders, triceps and chest. This pose also promotes good posture.
Precautions: Take caution practicing this pose if you have a shoulder, neck, knee or hip injury.


 

What: Standing Forward Bend Pose
Benefits: Strengthens the legs, lengthens the hamstrings and calf muscles and stimulates the abdominal organs. This pose can help to alleviate fatigue, stress, insomnia and headaches.
Precautions: Take caution practicing this pose if you have a back injury.

 

As with anything, consistency is key for any exercise plan to be successful.

 

For more poses you can visit Kalimukti!

March 3rd, 2015

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Life is full of stressful moments. We’ve all experienced common, everyday stress brought on by job interviews, exams, illnesses, etc. These types of short-term stresses are normal and can even be positive in some cases by increasing alertness and preparing us to handle adverse situations.

Stress-filled events occurring over a long period of time, however, may cause chronic stress that can lead to severe health problems. There are many factors that can contribute to stress. The most ironic is probably the fact that health issues, such as diabetes or heart disease, can cause stress, which in turn may lead to other health problems.

Many times, stress is induced by emotional problems, such as pent-up anger and frustration that goes unexpressed, grief, depression, guilt or low self-esteem. Major life changes including the death of a loved one, marriage, divorce, losing your job or the birth of a child are all common stressors.

It’s important to note that stress is exacerbated by the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs — outlets that have been proven to keep the body in a stressed state.

 

Recognizing the signs of stress

Stress affects us psychologically and physically. Common physical effects include headache, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, reduced sex drive, upset stomach and sleep deprivation. Common psychological effects are anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, irritability and depression.

There are strategies for coping with stress that are proven effective. Recent studies have shown that one of the most successful coping mechanisms for regulating emotions, managing tension and facilitating relaxation is listening to music.

That’s right! Music can stimulate and soothe, calm and energize; it can change our mood and help us concentrate, while at the same time, taking our minds off of the daily stressors in our lives. A favorite tune can be a wonderful pick-me-up when you’re stressed.

Listening to music is a safe, mood-boosting activity you can enjoy when you’re unwinding after a day on the road, cooking dinner or working out. While it’s understood that choosing music that will have the desired effect is a matter of personal preference, we’ve taken the liberty of including the titles of some of our favorite truck-driving themed songs. Enjoy!

 

  • Roll On (18 Wheeler) — Alabama

Told from the point of view of a truck driver’s children who just want him to, “Roll on daddy, ‘til you get back home.”

  • Give Me 40 Acres (To Turn This Rig Around) — Willis Brothers

What else can you say to a cop who pulls you over for going the wrong way down a one-way street in Boston?

  • Tombstone Every Mile — Dick Curless

Ever driven in Aroostook County, Maine? If you do, be careful driving through the Hainesville Woods.

  • Six Days on the Road — Dave Dudley

Tells of the joys and hardships of being on the road and the glorious anticipation of getting back home again.

  • East Bound and Down — Jerry Reed

A top-40 hit from the sound track to the classic trucker movie, Smokey and the Bandit.

  • Convoy — C.W. McCall

This song helped popularize the CB craze of the 70’s and kept us on the lookout for “Bears”.

  • Truck Drivin’ Man — Boxcar Willie

Written and recorded by Terry Fell in 1954, it’s been recorded by over 50 artists. We like Boxcar’s version.

  • Phantom 309 — Red Sovine

A classic take on a popular ghost story theme.

  • I’ve Been Everywhere — Johnny Cash

How many of these towns have you been to?

  • 60,000 Pounds of Bananas — Harry Chapin

A silly little song, the live version will have you tapping your fingers and laughing out loud.

  • Blue Highway — Billy Idol

On having American pride on the big, long, “blue” highway.

  • Teddy Bear — Red Sovine

A trucking tearjerker.


Do you have a few favorites songs or stress coping methods of your own? Share them with us at www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

 

November 12th, 2013

At Con-way Truckload, we like to emphasize the safety of our drivers – down to how they enter and exit their truck. But what about drivers who have their four-legged companions with them on the road?

Meet Bloodhounds: Jethro (7 years) and Serenity (5 months) who are actually related!

Team Jason and Ina Hazlip have five furbabies: the two Bloodhounds, a lab, a Jack Russell and a Basset Hound. Jason’s dad, “Grandpa,” lives at home with the team and loves taking care of the three who stay home. Jason claims he spoils the dogs. Jason and Ina trade out which dogs get to join them on the road whenever they go home and love having the dogs to get them to be active on the road.

Bloodhounds on the road

One special allowance is that the dogs need assistance to enter or exit the truck. With the smaller dogs it is easier to just pick them up, but with Jethro, Jason gets out of the truck first and stands on the ground. Jethro then puts his front paws on Jason’s shoulders and the two perform a sort of bear hug to enter and exit the truck.