Mental Health really does Matter

It's taken many weeks to compile this blog. I'm writing this to speak out. I'm writing this to put across that we have a voice and we should feel comfortable to use it to express how we truly feel. Lately through the pandemic the horrific news has been tirelessly endless, for nearly a decade I haven't switched on the TV to watch the news as it can affect me. Social media has become a huge platform for news to travel so fast now so I thought why not share my blog and hopefully reach out to hundreds or even thousands of you who feel the same.
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Alipza Balms is more than just a Skincare Brand, its more than just making a positive impact on the planet. This is a twist in the skincare industry. everything seems to be too prim and proper and I want to embrace and speak out about body positivity and mental health. I live and breath my brand motto but most importantly to exert the positive energy has always been a vital factor, to give people a feel good experience when they pamper themselves with my products gives me great joy.
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Funnily enough before the pandemic I had just recovered from leaving a deep dark hole of wanting to be alone, I sometimes thought what really is the point!? Then I remember and look at my daughter smile at me, I feel her hand in my hand as she squeezes it tight and shouts loud and proud "Mummy I Love You!" she has given me great solace but there is help out there. Find something or someone and reach out, its NOT a weakness its BRAVERY!  Someone reminded me not long ago that I should be proud of how far I'm progressing on this journey. I have hand crafted a range of 25 products, launched a Skincare Brand, made over 1000 Lip Balms and reached out to Retailers all within the space of 12 months. This is a tremendous achievement. We must remind ourselves more even though I know that's easier said, or surround yourself with people who lift you. 
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I have found focusing on new recipes and playing with different ingredients, amazing scents and flavours has brought me great comfort and happiness. I want to promote a positive message, for you to know you are not alone. Every day is not a great day and don't be ashamed to say it! I have suffered from severe depression for many years to points where I have felt the worst in my life to then building myself back again. For anyone who has been lucky enough to not feel like this let me tell you, I don't just wake up one day and suddenly feel like my body wants to give up. The feeling of not being able to face the general public, even a hello from someone can give me great anxiety as I think there may be an ulterior motive, when really there isn't. I suffer from mind blocks or extreme forgetfulness so I have a diary to where I write everything down so I can check back! All this, it doesn't happen overnight.
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A series of life events can take a toll and build up and chip away at the brain without you even realising or simply you never know the reason and you just can't function the way you used to. My Lip Balms were my first complete collection to launch, a complete set of 11. When I look back on this achievement I'm still a little overwhelmed, you just don't know what the future holds, but you must not give up. 
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My Pamper Boxes I carefully designed to cleanse and refresh, I always look at it this way when you shower/ bathe, use some amazing scents of body scrub, dry down and change into a fresh pair of pyjamas your a new person. Cleanse the face and wipe away any negativity you've had to face today and then just let your skin breath. This is like my mantra and it helps me settle for the end of the day. Depression is just many of the mental health diagnosis that are not spoken of and are a taboo subject, but here we change this outlook. If anything I teach my daughter to speak out, to always say how she feels. Today somebody said to me "Alina, you have a voice, you used it. You are brave." she then looked at me with sadness and relief at the same time and said " You tell your daughter the same and tell her you must speak out about how you feel. if someone doesn't listen tell them again. If they still don't listen SAY IT LOUDER!" 
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My daughter will always have me and I will always listen. I'm writing this to tell you that I do what I do from the heart. I make every single product to make you feel good and give you a sense of control. You are in control of your happiness. You are amazing, you are strong, you are perfect as you are. We don't need to follow trends to be skinny, to be stylish, or to look a certain way. NO. This is where society has failed us, this is where we must take a stand and lean on each other and speak out about how we feel. 
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Alipza Balms is more than a Skincare Brand, our customers are a wonderful community and I promise to always put my customers at the heart of the business and always take on board your feedback. There is something within you that has brought you this far to reading my blog so if you can resonate with the pain and emptiness I sometimes feel please reach out, there is help, tell someone. Put your self first.
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Thankyou to my friends for not judging me. Thankyou to my customers for giving me the thrive and passion to keep going. Most importantly thankyou to my daughter for giving me the proudest MUM Title ever and giving me constant love to get me through!
A x

 

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