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Christmas tunes aren’t so jolly – they can be bad for your mental health

Christmas music may contribute to a decline in mental health

Not so jolly news coming out of Britain this week. A British psychologist,  Linda Blair says Christmas music causes stress triggers. Listening to music on a loop in the car  reminds listeners of their daily stresses and what they need to get done before December 25th.

Now with retail and radio both starting their all-Christmas tune parade days after Halloween, the stress period is getting longer. “You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing,” she says. Blair says workers in retail stores are most at-risk for being mentally drained by Christmas music. Hearing the same songs over and over makes it hard for employees to focus on tasks at hand.

In an impromptu poll, the Tampa Bay Times asked when is  the most appropriate time to start the holiday carols.  More than 54% of respondents said the music is only fitting after Thanksgiving. More surprising is that 11% of respondents said any time after Halloween is just fine. They’re tied with the people who love Christmas music any time of the year.

The solution is stop playing Christmas music so early

Blair says the solution is to stop playing Christmas music so early. More prolonged exposure to the cheery tunes causes a mental drain for employees and irritates shoppers. Unfortunately, Christmas music is now arriving before Halloween: Best Buy, for example, started playing holiday music on October 22 this year. Other stores such as Sears, Ulta, and Michaels followed suit just a few days later.

Mariah Caery’s Christmas tune voted most annoying by Brits

The British public have spoken. They have confirmed that all they want for Christmas is not to hear the song All I Want for Christmas is You.

In a recent poll, the Mariah Carey festive smash – which is the 12th best selling single of all time – was voted the most annoying Christmas song. Ever.

Others that made the list include Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas and Fairytale of New York by The Pogues .

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