Courier Drivers – Navigating the Christmas Rush 🎁
The period between Black Friday and Christmas is always the busiest time of the year for courier drivers. This year is looking no different, with the added pressure of Royal Mail strike action set to impact drivers.
Not everyone has a sleigh pulled by reindeer with limitless parcel capacity! 🎅🏻
With that in mind, here’s how you can stay happy, healthy and organised during the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year!
Leave Room For Christmas Dinner
When you need food in a pinch, it’s tempting to pop into the nearest fast-food chain. Though a treat once in a while, if you’re eating fast food every day you could be damaging your health. Eating smaller meals throughout the day, with 2-3 healthy snacks is better for you than 2 fast food meals a day.
Just a few simple swaps can make a difference – popcorn is a great alternative to crisps, or swap the Dairy Milk for dark chocolate or nuts.
Try meal prepping for ideas. Prepping can save you time and energy, and less food goes to waste! Check out the Sunday Meal Prep subreddit for some inspiration. Grab yourself some Tupperware and a cool bag, and take a tasty salad on the go!
Consider cutting down on sugary and high-caffeine drinks. Instead, make sure you drink plenty of water, and if you need to sip on something sugary, consider a smoothie.
Get a Festive Beauty Sleep
When you’re working long hours on the road, it’s doubly important to get plenty of sleep. If you find your brain getting foggy and your eyes are tired, pull over safely and take a break. Research has shown that a 20-30 minute nap in the day can help you feel less groggy.
Consider getting a sunlight alarm clock for those darker winter mornings, and don’t rely on caffeine to keep you awake throughout the day.
Looking Out for Your Mental Health
Looking out for your mental health is just as important as physical health. Christmas is a tough time for many, so make sure you’re looking out for yourself.
Spend time away from your vehicle and take walks where you can, eat drink and sleep well. Know your limits, and treat yourself in your downtime.
Talk to other drivers and create a network around you – we’ve included some resources below if you ever need someone to talk to.
Check community centres for local events including festive fayres and Christmas dinners.
The Final Word
There’s no denying that Christmas is tough for many. Delivery drivers often go underappreciated, with all credit to the bearded man from the North Pole in the red suit. However, if you’re eating well, sleeping well and taking breaks, the festive period needn’t be too stressful. Set your boundaries, know your limits, and make time for you or yourself and your family. Christmas couldn’t be Christmas without your hard work!
Getting courier insurance doesn’t have to be stressful. With INSHUR, all you need is your driver’s license to get a quote and be on the road in minutes.
Further reading: Royal Mail Strikes and impact on couriers FT
Check our other Christmas posts! 🎅🏻👇🏻