How Much Can a One Tonne Ute Carry?


For those of you who own a 1 tonne ute, you already understand that the weight limit for carrying goods is 1 tonne (well, duh!). However most of you also realise that you can in fact carry more than 1 tonne in the ute (I’m sure it’s a guy thing). What some people don’t know though is that everytime you carry more than the capacity of 1 tonne, you weaken or break some of the ute’s structure, such as the axels or the suspension. If you continued to carry more than the capacity of 1 tonne, you would eventually see cracks and breakages in the ute and the end result would be, you could actually only carry less than the original 1 tonne. That is until you do some repairs or replace some of the parts, only then could the capacity return to 1 tonne.

So what does all this talk about 1 tonne utes have to do with people and stress? The capacity theory is the same for people as it is for the 1 tonne ute. YOU can only ever safely carry up to your load limit, what ever that might be for YOU. And whilst it is true that you can often carry a heavier load, such as around Christmas time and when friends come to visit, if you continue to do this over an extended period of time, eventually you will start to feel weaker and your overall load capacity will be reduced.

9526624 sThe concept of STRESS is when you are carrying more of a load than what your capacity will safely handle and the simple solution of course is to unload or drop some of what you are carrying in order to lighten the load. And whilst all of this sounds so simple, there is one crucial element which is often overlooked and that is the concept of ‘repairs’ and ‘recovery’. As with the ute, once you have carried too much and you weaken your structure, you need to do repairs or replacement of parts before you are back at your full capacity. People are quite similar in this regard, when they have become too stressed and they acknowledge they need to lighten their load, they neglect to realise they might also need to do some repairs or recovery time before they are back to their full capacity.

So, what happens when you continue to carry more than your load limit and you fail to stop and recover before moving on to carry even more? Most people will experience all or some of the following list of symptoms;

  • Headaches, other aches and pains (including unexplained tingly or pain in the arms and hands)
  • Sleep disturbance, insomnia
  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
  • Weakened immune system
  • Heart disease
  • Anxiety
  • Anger, irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
  • Feeling moody, tearful
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low self-esteem, lack of confidence

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