Christmas music might be harmful to your mental health, British psychologist Linda Blair says.
Blair told Sky News that while many claim Christmas music helps them relax, it has quite the opposite effect.
She says Christmas music reminds people of all the chores and errands they have to complete before the holiday arrives. And the fact that it's often ubiquitous—playing on the radio, in stores and on the street—in the weeks leading up to the holiday only makes it worse.
“You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing,” Blair told Sky News.
The negative effects are even more substantial on people who work where Christmas music is playing incessantly, like in retail stores.
Blair says retail workers are "more at risk" because they're unable to tune out the music and it limits their ability to "focus on anything else."
“Christmas music is likely to irritate people if it’s played too loudly and too early,” she added.
Many retailers began playing Christmas music in late-October.
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