Love Yo Self, No Matter What

By Brittni Barcase

As a holistic health minded person, I try to have a constant practice of self-love.

What does that mean exactly? It means that every day I choose to love myself first and foremost. They say that you cannot give love unless you love yourself and I couldn’t agree more.

If I want to take a yoga class, indulge in a good book, or have ice cream, I don’t stop myself. I mean, I could easily come up with a million excuses on why I shouldn’t take that yoga class, sit and read for hours, or eat a bowl (or two) of ice cream. It is a constant struggle in my mind but, just like everything in life, it’s all about balance. I believe wholeheartedly in the 80/20 rule – 80% healthy and 20% indulge. That rule applies to my eating habits and my self-love practice.

One night last week I had BIG plans to get home from work, mop the floors, start laundry, and take out the trash. The reality of it was that when I got home at 8:45pm, I was exhausted.


Brittni Barcase is a Health Educator at Jewish Community Services

The Mental Well, an initiative of JCS, is an online community for young adults, created by young adults, who are navigating the highs and lows that accompany their 20s and 30s. To learn more, visit thementalwellblog.org  or email thementalwell@jcsbaltimore.org.

JCS is a comprehensive human services organization providing a broad range of services that meet the diverse, multi-dimensional needs of individuals and families throughout Central Maryland. To learn more, visit jcsbalt.org  or 410-466-9200.

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