“Different people do different relaxing techniques,” he says. “An example is some form of exercise or other physical activity (basketball, tennis, cardio kickboxing, etc.). Anything that allows you to channel this energy into something outside you. Journaling, writing, art, and creativity are ways other people do it. It’s a matter of what works best for you.”
For pharmacists, he recommends that when stress builds up, take a quick walk around the outside of the store to get a change of scenery. Even a little break, he says, can help reset someone’s emotions when they build up during work.
Meditation is another thing that can help, but most people have an extraordinarily hard time meditating alone in complete silence. Instead, a pharmacist can opt for a meditation app or a YouTube-guided meditation that will lull them into a calmer state of mind.
As with anything overwhelming in life, it’s important to create a list of priorities in order to avoid burnout. This can be even more relevant for pharmacists, where pressure is high and stressful situations are a daily occurrence.
Adina Mahalli, a certified mental health consultant and family care specialist with Maple Holistics, Farmingdale, NY, says a great thing for pharmacists to do is create a chart that outlines the importance and urgency of tasks. This can give you a sense of purpose and a place to begin when it comes to dealing with a heavy workload.
“This organization can go a long way in not only mitigating stress but providing you with a sense of accomplishment as tasks are completed,” she says.
An important step in mitigating stress is breathing. Though it may feel like the pharmacy will go up in flames if you take a five-minute break, taking a time-out for some deep breaths can help to reduce burnout and increase productivity.
“Deep breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system which helps with stress reduction and improves focus,” Mahalli says. “This means you can get back to your task feeling relaxed and focused.”