June 12, 2015
Are you feeling stressed? You’re not alone.
Drug Topics’ 2015 Salary Survey found that stress levels are rising among pharmacists. Approximately 65 percent of pharmacists responded that their stress levels increased in 2014, mostly because of increased workloads, more paperwork and inadequate staffing.
As pharmacists’ roles continue to expand, stress is likely to keep mounting. But, if you’re prepared for it, stress doesn’t have to slow you down.
Avoid errors and anxiety in your pharmacy by tackling stress head-on. Here are some tips to help you manage—and reduce—stress in your pharmacy.
For instant stress relief, try deep breathing throughout your day. Follow the 4-4-6 model: Breathe in for four seconds, hold it for four seconds, and breathe out for six seconds.
Always make sure that your pharmacy is clean and organized. When you’re stressed, digging through piles of messy records or searching for a misplaced note can only make things worse.
Don’t let stress lead you astray from your normal workflow. Shortcuts can seem like a good idea when you’re crunched for time, but can lead to errors that will only cause more work and more headaches. You have a system for a reason—stick to it.
Your long to-do list could be what’s causing your stress. Combat it by identifying what needs to be done now—and do it.
If a problem arises in your pharmacy, whether it’s an angry patient or an incorrect order, address it right away. The longer you sit on a problem, the more stress it can cause. Communicate with patients and staff to come up with an action plan to resolve the situation as soon as possible instead.
Lack of sleep and exercise, poor nutrition and negative thoughts can increase stress. Make sure you’re staying healthy with proper rest, exercise, nutrition and positivity, so there’s no stress to hold you back.
Don’t let work stress affect your home life. Take time away from your pharmacy to decompress—you’ll feel more able to tackle problems in your pharmacy if you don’t think about them all the time. Try using a hobby—such as a sport or volunteer activity—to get away from the stress.
Stress might be inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. The next time you feel stressed, stay calm, remember these tips and watch your stress float away.