It’s no secret that pharmacies are often busy places. And over the years, the role of pharmacists has continued to expand. From administering vaccines to prescribing medications, the profession has evolved. Staying alert and focused is essential in a fast-paced pharmacy.
So it’s not surprising that many pharmacy professionals report high levels of stress. In a new study by Abacus Data, only 1 in 5 pharmacists and pharmacy techs reported solid mental health.
And with the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental well-being of pharmacy staff is even shakier. It’s now more important than ever to take care of your mental health.
Stressed-out pharmacy staff can have a grave impact on patient health. Failing to manage stress can also be detrimental to your personal health.
Not to mention the success of your business.
So how can you manage stress at work?
The following are some simple ways to help deal with work-related stress at the pharmacy:
Communication is Key
Communicate with your team. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to withdraw from those around you and try to deal with it on your own.
But talking to your team when you and everyone else are feeling stressed can help. Figure out what’s causing the stress and how you, as a team, can remedy it.
Prioritize and Stay Organized
In any fast-paced work environment, it’s easy to get lost in endless tasks. That’s why it is important to prioritize. One way is to pause and gather your thoughts so you can better focus on the tasks at hand.
Make a list of tasks you need to complete and figure out what you need to do first. Tackling the highest priority tasks will help you get the job done, and your team’s stress levels will also go down.
Take a Break
Whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or even closing your eyes to take a deep breath, you must take breaks. It’s important to give yourself some time to relax to help manage your stress.
A 2017 study by Kim, Park and Niu found that mini-breaks lower stress and increase productivity.
Stress can show itself in many ways, affecting your physical and mental health. And your stress can even impact those around you. It may seem overwhelming, but even simple things can help keep the feeling of being overwhelmed at bay.
As a pharmacist, you must take care of yourself to provide the best quality care for your patients.
Want to learn more tips on how to manage stress and burnout? Check out our blog ‘Pharmacist Burnout: How To Banish Stress And Stay Healthy’.