If you are reading this, you probably know that self-love is one of our favourite topics here at Alper Oils. We are doing our best to spread our message of “feeling good from the outside in” through social media and our products. Today, I would like to delve a little deeper into the subject.
Self-love can be expressed through a ton of aspects; like your body image, relationships (with people and food), beauty, exercise, meditation, awareness, etc. It presents itself differently for each of us. If you’ve read this far please continue. Perhaps you can relate to my personal journey of learning how to love myself.
Here are some things that have helped me along the way.
Creating real content
Being in the beauty industry, I pretty much work everyday with straight up “10’s “ making me feel like a solid 5 (7 on a good day!). Unfortunately, being surrounded by incredibly beautiful people daily, whether “live” or while scrolling through instagram, can lead us to set unrealistic standards for ourselves. I couldn’t help but start to compare myself to these Amazonian creatures who, in reality, probably make up less than 1% of the population. In an attempt to adjust my way of thinking, I set a goal to feature as much diversity on our platform as possible. By showcasing different types of bodies, ages, races and sexes on Alper Oils I took the first step in my healing process. Uniqueness is beautiful. Just seeing all of these amazing people show up, full of confidence was definitely inspiring and a turning point for me.
Adjusting my relationship with food
Food. An amazing friend and source of comfort when you’re feeling blue (or happy, or sad or just plain old bored) or an enemy that leaves you puffy faced and bloated regretting last night’s binge-eat. We live in a society where diet culture has taken over. We’re constantly fed information about what to eat, what to cut out, and the best ways to lose weight. I can name at least 3 different Netflix documentaries telling you “the right, and only, way to eat. Each offers different dietary advice on how you should be eating (but let’s be honest, eating good food is fucking amazing and life would be less enjoyable without it.) Instead of focusing on what and what not to eat, I now focus on balance. I enjoy fuelling my body with foods that make me feel strong and healthy but I still enjoy living in the moment and having a plate of pasta if thats what my body is craving!
The Class. My salvation throughout quarantine. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety from the age of 16. One of the biggest things that has made a difference for me is moving my body. Working out has been a love/hate thing for me for years (as it probably has been for most of you), but I’m finally in a place where I truly enjoy it! I know, even I’m shocked by my last statement! I discovered an amazing online class called “The Class” when COVID hit and all of the gyms were closed. It’s a complete mind/body experience that truly allows you to release (physically and emotionally) all while getting an amazing workout! It’s insanely motivating and weather you choose to do burpees for 5 minutes straight , or take a child’s pose instead, you are praised!
As you probably know, my love of aromatherapy guided me to create “Dream Beam” our first Alper Oils product . As some of you may not know, I am VERY sensitive to smells. I was so fascinated that plants could heal that I just needed to be mixing my own potions (after extensive research of course). I often use my products as aromatherapy! Whether it’s a bath with oils or a blend in my diffuser there is always something soothing in the air to help me relax and unwind! By taking care of my mind I am able to really focus on myself and treat myself like the boss that I am!
I hope that I have connected with you and you can relate to some aspects of my journey. I am by no means perfect and I have good days and bad days but i’m finally in a place where I can look in the mirror and think to myself “now there is a beautiful badass queen” and it feels fucking amazing. I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Please feel free to share tips on what has worked on your personal journey!
Love you all,