One of the things Jamie and Kent have learned over the years is that “doing good, better” is demanding emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. It's quite common for helpers to feel a high level of stress, and they may eventually succumb to compassion fatigue or even burnout.

In a special edition of the podcast, Jamie leads us through a 10-minute progressive muscle relaxation exercise to help relieve stress. We hope it will encourage you as you continue to serve and make a difference in the lives of those around you.


Free e-book: 101 Ways to Overcome Burnout (includes 94 pages of helpful tools, research, and encouragement)

7 Ways Pastors Can Avoid Burning Out with Ray Chang

How close to burnout are you? Take our free 10-question quiz to find out

Soul Care for Wounded Healers: guided journaling exercise (audio resource)

Find Calm in the Chaos: 11-minute guided prayer (audio resource)

Seven Crucial Steps for Self-Care with Holly Oxhandler

Spiritual First Aid certificate course


"On Being a Good Neighbor", sermon draft by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This episode was produced by Wildfire Creative.

Theme Song “Turning Over Tables” by The Brilliance

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(Note to the listener: In this podcast, sometimes we'll have evangelicals, sometimes we won't. We think learning how to “do good, better” involves listening to lots of perspectives, with different insights and understanding. Sometimes it will make us uncomfortable; sometimes we'll agree and sometimes we won't. We think that's good. We want to listen for correction. Especially in our blind spots.)

Jamie Aten, Ph.D. and Kent Annan, M.Div. co-direct the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College and are also the co-founders of Spiritual First Aid.