Christmas songs are bad for your mental health, says psychologist

If you’re anything like me, you can’t stand Christmas carols. Does hearing festive carols in the weeks before Christmas also make you upset?

I could never figure out why it upset me so much. I love Christmas, after all. It’s a wonderful time of year to be with my family and loved ones.

Then I came across the analysis by clinical psychologist Linda Blair, who claims the constant barrage of Christmas tunes too early in the season forces people to remember all the things they have to do before the holiday.

In short, the songs are a painful reminder to buy presents, organize travel, cater parties and a multitude of other stressful chores.

Christmas music: love it or hate it?

Psychologists say playing Christmas songs on a loop can damage shop workers' mental health

Posted by Sky News on Tuesday, October 31, 2017


“You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing,” Blair tells Sky News.

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The psychologist added that store workers are most at risk of damage to their mental health as they need to hear the same songs over and over each day. It becomes difficult to “tune it out” and they become “unable to focus on anything else.”

“Christmas music is likely to irritate people if it’s played too loudly and too early,” Blair explained to reporters.

In the United States, retailers have been pushing forward the date when Christmas carols start playing in order to create a bigger push for Christmas sales. According to a survey of top retailers by the Tampa Bay Times, Best Buy outpaced all other stores by starting their holiday music on Oct. 22.

Perhaps the most annoying Christmas carol when played on loop is 12 Days of Christmas. Listen to it below at your own peril.

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