The credibility of Blue Monday – the name given to a day in January by a travel company and claimed to be the most difficult day of the year – may be up for debate, but Populus research finds that a considerable percentage of the UK public experience the ‘Monday blues’, throughout the year.

There are various ways in which people try to combat the Monday blues. According to the research, 16% will buy themselves a treat (the same percentage as those who will eat junk food) while 10% will go to the gym, in order to feel better on a Monday.

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This poll, commissioned by Mind covered stress associated with returning to work after the weekend.

Populus interviewed a random sample of 707 adults who work full-time online between 5 and 6 February 2014. Interviews were conducted across Great Britain and the results have been weighted to be representative of all British adults.