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Looking to De-Stress? Try Coloring.

Tips for Relieving Stress While On the Road

Being a truck driver, or a truck drivers spouse, or a truck driving student can be stressful. Most of us have hobbies that we turn to when we are home, but what do you do when you’re out on the road, in small (ok, cramped) living conditions, with non-traditional working hours? When you can’t really hit the gym regularly, or you’ve tried knitting but it’s just not your thing…

Well, if you’re looking for a new stress-relieving hobby, consider breaking out the colored pencils or crayons and relaxing with an adult coloring book.

Yes, adult coloring books are really a thing!

Several people have done research on the matter (yes, we think that’s weird too) and have lumped these coloring books in with other “childish activities” that us grown-ups are going back to because it’s a mental escape that brings us back to our childhood. While they may be considered a “childish activity,” childish they are not!

Think of these adult coloring books and printable coloring pages as a sort of mindful meditation, something that is used to reduce the stress levels many (Okay, all) of us are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. Psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala tells the Huffington Post that “coloring triggers and stimulates the brain areas associated with motor skills, creativity, and the senses. Coloring helps to calm the part of our brains called the amygdala, which controls our emotions and stress. Simply put? Coloring takes our minds off our problems, and as a result leaves us feeling much more relaxed, rested, and at ease.”

Something that sounds pretty appealing to someone that drives a big, giant truck for a living. No one wants a stressed-out driver behind the wheel of a big rig.

But, we like to appeal to the masses, young and old, male and female. Coloring is just fun, and who doesn’t like a big truck!? So, this page is for you and/or the kiddos in your life- who ever gets to it first! Feel free to print it out (perhaps print out multiple copies to share) and color it as wild and wacky as you dare!

Send us a picture of your finished product, and if we like it enough, we might even consider re-painting the trucks to match! (Okay, probably not – but we WILL give you a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages!)

 

 

Got a finished one you want to send us? There’s a couple super simple ways you can share your masterpiece with us. Either post it to our Facebook page, send it to us in a private message, or email it to email@ustruck.com. We can’t wait to see all your lovely artwork!