Quarter of adults find it harder to relax as they’re working from home

It can be difficult to separate your work and private life when you’re working from home.

And during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve spent more time in our properties than we usually would.

A study of 2,000 Brits found that we used to have around nine hours a day in our houses.

But now we’re working remotely, an extra nine hours are being spent at our kitchen tables our in our bedrooms.

As a result, 38% are making more effort to get out and about on the weekends and evenings to have a break from being at home.

But despite spending more time than ever at home, one in 10 don't feel completely safe and secure in it.

Duncan Chamberlain, managing director of Yale Retail UK, which commissioned the research as part of National Home Security Month in October, said: "It's fair to say many people are spending far more time in their homes than ever before.

"A high proportion of those will be working from home as well – and as the research suggests the lines can blur between work and home life, making it harder to switch off.

"However, it's important to take a moment and remember what you love about your home – and not switch off to keeping it safe and secure."

The study also found that the extra time at home has seen 58% discover a fondness for their bricks and mortar and its contents.

And 24% went as far as to say their feelings were indifferent towards their home before lockdown – but they have now grown to love it.

Many have also put more cash towards their properties.

The average adult has spent £592 on new furniture, building work and home security to make their house feel like more of a home.

Nearly four in 10 (38%) also feel more protective of their home due to spending more time in it than usual.

It also emerged 58% of adults would say they are a homebody, although 29% see where they live as a house rather than a 'home'.

Almost half (49%) think their house represents their personality, with 63% having painted a room, given their garden a makeover or created a home office.

And more than a third (37%) said their home has a distinct 'home smell', according to the OnePoll research.

Duncan Chamberlain, from Yale, added: "With anything you love, you obviously want to protect it.

"Spending more time at home – you're naturally going to notice things you hadn't before and with so many making changes and upgrades to their home, people will always want to feel safe and protected.

"For National Home Security Month we commissioned this research as a celebration of home, while also drawing attention to the importance of thinking about the safety of it."

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