Is Too Much Holiday Music Bad for Your Health?

Jingle Bells just came on the radio—do you turn it up or down?

By: Amanda Mushro

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Even before the official beginning of the holiday season, it's hard to get away from stores and radio stations playing Christmas music. If you are a fan of hearing Deck the Halls early in November, you have been Fa La La Ling for weeks. While we hate to be a Scrooge, according to one psychologist, all of the cheerful holiday music could be bad for your mental health.

According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, being surrounded by holiday tunes for too long can actually be mentally draining. While you can simply turn off the music in your home or leave the store that is blasting Jingle Bells, the real toll may be on those who work in stores that play holiday tunes around the clock.

"People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else," Blair told Sky News. "You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing." Sorry, we can't hear you. We are too busy singing Christmas songs at the top of our lungs!

Since the holiday shopping season is in full swing, those working in retail stores that play Christmas music won't find much relief. Research has shown that consumers have more positive experiences when a store is filled with warm holiday scents and Christmas music is played.

So instead of 12 days of Christmas--we get around two months of the Christmas season and Christmas music. Looks like the only relief from holiday music you may get is from a set of ear plugs.

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