Most of us are quite practiced at being kind toward the important people in our lives. We let them know it's okay to be human when they fail. We comfort them when they're going through hard times. But when caregivers continually give out to others without being kind, caring and supportive toward themselves, they'll eventually burn out. This Huffington Post article – The One Thing Caregivers Need to Know: How to Care for Themselves - describes the importance of self-compassion for caregivers and gives examples of how self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness can lead to health and happiness.