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Before the Covid-19, there were around 4.2 million of us enjoying the benefits of remote working – that’s 13.9% of the entire UK workforce, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

But the coronavirus lockdown has seen more employees than ever working remotely, with some businesses setting up entire remote workforces and call centres almost overnight.

And while we regular readers will know we’re right behind remote working, it’s not always as easy as it should be, especially if you have to work from a coffee shop, or don’t quite have the right set up at home.

This infographic from Turnstone, designers of inspiring office furniture, highlights the problems faced by anyone working away from the office.

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Mental health problems are more common than you may think – figures from Mind, the mental health charity show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

The effects of the coronavirus lockdown might even make this figure higher – being stuck between the same four walls can have a negative impact on mental health at the best of times, feelings that will be exacerbated by the pandemic ad talk of death and illness, not to mention insecurity over jobs and personal and business finance.

May 18 to 24 is Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign designed to help encourage people to talk about mental health and address and issues head on.

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The gyms and swimming pools are all closed because of the coronavirus lockdown, and while we can still get our for a daily run or a walk, that’s scant consolation for anyone who is used to going to the gym every week.

Thankfully, all is not lost and there is a whole range of exercises you can do at home, with or without any specialist equipment. But when is the best time to exercise? And should you do it all in one go or split your routine throughout the day?

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The UK is three weeks into its social distancing lock down, which means not only are most of us having to work from home – that’s if we’ve not already been furloughed by our employer – but we’re having to keep our distance from people who aren’t members of our own household.

If you are still working, how are you meant to carry on working with such restrictions in place?

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