7 Lifestyle Changes Stressed Out Pharmacists Must Make If They Want To Survive

combating burnout Dec 13, 2023
I've been working in pharmacies for more than 41 years, and if there is one universal truth, careers in pharmacy are getting harder, and all too often, less rewarding by the day. It's tough, but with a few lifestyle modifications, it CAN be endured and maybe even enjoyed.


Pharmacists are an essential part of the healthcare system, and their job requires them to be detail-oriented, patient-focused, and highly knowledgeable about medications and their potential interactions. However, the demands of the job can often lead to stress, which can negatively impact the pharmacist's wellbeing and job satisfaction. Here are seven things that pharmacists can do to lower job stress and improve their overall quality of life.

  1. Prioritize Time Management: One of the main reasons for stress in pharmacy jobs is the workload. To manage it, pharmacists should prioritize time management skills. They should make a list of tasks and prioritize them based on their importance. If possible, they should delegate tasks to other staff members to lighten the workload.
  2. Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and focusing on the task at hand. Pharmacists can use mindfulness techniques to reduce stress. They can take a few deep breaths and focus on their breathing, or take short breaks during the day to clear their minds.
  3. Create a Positive Work Environment: A positive work environment can improve job satisfaction and reduce stress. Pharmacists should create a supportive and collaborative work environment by building relationships with their colleagues and management.
  4. Engage in Regular Exercise: Exercise is a proven way to reduce stress and improve overall health. Pharmacists can engage in regular exercise, whether it be through a gym membership, outdoor activities, or even a brisk walk during their lunch break.
  5. Maintain a Healthy Diet: A healthy diet can improve energy levels and reduce stress. Pharmacists should make sure to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  6. Seek Support: Sometimes, the best way to manage stress is to seek support from others. Pharmacists can talk to colleagues, friends, or family members about their stressors and find ways to manage them together.
  7. Take Time Off: Pharmacists should take time off to relax and recharge. Whether it be a vacation or a long weekend, taking time off can help reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing.  



In conclusion, job stress can be a significant challenge for pharmacists. However, by prioritizing time management, practicing mindfulness, creating a positive work environment, engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, seeking support, and taking time off, pharmacists can reduce stress and improve their overall quality of life. With a few simple changes, pharmacists can find greater job satisfaction and fulfillment in their careers.