Reducing Overwhelm in Your Pharmacy

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of your community pharmacy. In fact, feeling overwhelmed with all of the day-to-day professional and personal obligations can wreak havoc on your psyche. Here are some tips you and your staff can work on to reduce those feelings of burnout.

Self care

  • Ensure you get plenty of sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly.
  • Allow more time for relaxation and leisure activities you love. Gifting time for yourself can help you recharge.

Time Management


  • Don’t be afraid to hand tasks off to colleagues when you’re overwhelmed. By delegating effectively, you can help reduce your workload and stress.


  • Do you have clear boundaries between work and your personal life? When you have personal time, avoid answering work-related calls, or emails.
  • Share your boundaries with colleagues and supervisors. This will help you keep a healthy balance between work and life.

Learn More

  • Be sure to stay up to date with pharmacy developments. However, avoid taking excessive continuing education requirements so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Support and Collaboration

  • Meet regularly with colleagues to talk about challenges.
  • Collaborate with healthcare teams and other professionals. This will ensure effective patient care and lessen individual burdens.

Mental Health Awareness

  • Know when you’re burnt out and make your mental health a priority.
  • Talk with a mental health professional if you’re struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression.

Get Away

  • Use your scheduled breaks to relax and recharge. This can improve your focus and reduce stress.
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed or have symptoms of burnout, take time off.

Speak Up

  • When you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to a supervisor or manager. They can give you additional support or resources to help you.

Feelings of burnout can wreak havoc on your physical health, mental well-being, and your quality of life. Recognize the signs early and address it before it gets worse. Be open to seeking support from a healthcare professional or making lifestyle changes that will reduce your stress.

Pharmacy burnout is a valid concern. You’re not weak because you’re seeking help or making changes in your work life. Instead, you’re being proactive in healing your well-being. Self-care should be your priority when things feel overwhelmingly tough.

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