Let’s talk boundaries… At first, the prospect of working at home with your partner can seem exciting. You can spend more time together and sleep in for a few more minutes each morning. However, after a few days of being in one another’s space, your relationship dynamic may get a little tense.

CherryDigital.co, a London-based public relations agency, conducted a survey to find out how self-isolation due to Covid-19 – or Coronavirus – is affecting people’s relationships across the UK. It was 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.

Here are some tips on how to deal with the situation in a positive way:

• If you have to work in close quarters, 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 or learning 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.