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Make Your Home A Sanctuary

Our health and fitness ambassador Alice Liveing doesn’t just know all things sport, she’s also a big believer in mindfulness, and taking time out of a busy schedule to make time for yourself.

During our recent workout shoot, we caught up with Alice to ask her for some top tips on creating a sanctuary within our own home, so that learning to unwind can be that little bit easier.

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So here’s to 2019 and taking more time for ourselves, putting our phones down at the end of the day, and starting the morning off with a gentle stretch, rather than a screeching alarm. Read on for Alice’s words of wisdom, and be good to yourself this new year.
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Start the day with a stretch workout
If you’re not a morning person, wake yourself up a little with a morning stretch. These can be done anywhere, anytime and all you need is a yoga mat. Put on some calming music, and energise yourself for the day ahead.
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Add colour through accessories
Colours can change your mood and I’m a huge fan of having lots of cushions on my sofa and bed to add pops of colour to my home. Even though it drives my boyfriend mad!
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Stock up on faux plants
One way I like to make my home a sanctuary, is by using faux plants. It’s so nice to bring a bit of nature indoors, and they’re way easier to look after than real plants.
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Surround yourself with scented candles
I absolutely love candles as well, and every time I walk through my front door I have to light one. It makes for a very calming environment, and really helps me to switch off.
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Storage is key
A tidy space equals a tidy mind, and I’m a huge fan of having loads of storage everywhere. This means everything has a place and everything stays really organised, so I don’t feel stressed when I come through the door and everything’s a mess.
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Face mask and chill
Another part of my self-care routine is when I remove my make-up in the evening. I always come in, put on a comfy jumper and go for a double cleanse to make sure I get everything off my face. If I really want to treat myself, I put on a mask that I leave on for a couple of minutes to really unwind.
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Switch the world off and relax
When I want to relax, one of my favourite things to do is make myself a peppermint tea, curl up on a chair, listen to a podcast and just switch off for 10 minutes.
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Cut down on screen time
After being on my phone all day it’s so important to have some time away from my screen, so I just have 10 minutes of doing nothing so that I can completely relax.
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