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Two third of Brits say that lockdown is already putting a strain on their relationship

Two third of Brits say that lockdown is already putting a strain on their relationship

by Danielle Thompson (March 2020)

TWO thirds of Brits say that working from home has already put a strain on their relationship, according to the latest survey.

London-based public relations agency, CherryDigital.co, conducted a survey of 3,800 Brits to find out how self-isolation due to the coronavirus is affecting people’s relationships across the UK.

It found that a large majority - 68% - of respondents say working from home every day has already put a strain on their relationship with their partner.

The survey found that eight days is the longest the average person admits they could work from home with their partner before things become tense.

A total of 72% of respondents say they do not have enough room to work comfortably from home if they live with their partner.

More than half of respondents say working from home increases their productivity.

Part of the reason could be that 1 in 10 people surveyed who are working from home now say they do not shower or bathe every day (16% of men compared to 6% of women).

Also, 15% of respondents say they do not get dressed out of their sleeping attire each day.

Moreover, 63% of Brits who are working from home with their partner say they do not have enough room to both work comfortably. Whether this is due to the lack of space inside your home or the amount of equipment you require for your job, it is difficult to find a comfortable place to work within a space designed for living.

If your partner knows what makes you tick and you’re starting to feel like a time bomb waiting to go off, here are some tips on how to deal with the situation in a positive way:

• If you find yourselves having to work in close quarters, you can each use a pair of headphones to zone out and forget your significant other is in the room. This will allow you both to get through your to-do lists and organise your thoughts without having the other person distract you

• Learn a new hobby together. Now is the perfect time to maximise bonding through activities such as cooking (buy your ingredients online to minimise contact) or learn a new language

• Spend at least an hour per day on some sort of exercise routine. There are tons of at-home workout videos available online such as yoga, HIIT, dance routines and pilates

• Ease additional stress by keeping your home neat and tidy by splitting up the household chores

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