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We tend to strive for perfection in many aspects of our life, including in our roles of spouse, parent, friend, caregiver and colleague. However, by putting so much pressure on ourselves to excel, we often create an abundance of stress in our lives. In episode three of the OneOp Military Caregiving Virtual Learning Event (VLE) audiocast series, the narrator encourages us to let go of the pressures and need to solve others’ problems.

The episode Giving Yourself Compassion shows us that it is common that thoughts and worries about those we help will follow us home after the work day is done. Giving Yourself Compassion focuses on developing feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards us and others. Research shows that focusing on the positive emotions increased feelings of joy, contentment, gratitude, hope and decreased self-criticism.

Download the mindfulness audiocast episode, “Giving Yourself Compassion,” to learn how you can “refuel your reserves” and learn how to send loving kindness to others in order to ease our concerns and refresh our empathy.



To listen to all mindfulness audiocasts episodes provided during the 2015 VLE go to, ‘Reflect! Keep Calm and Carry On.’


This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 20, 2015.