Can Holiday Songs on Repeat Be Bad for You?
If you work in retail and have absolutely zero control over your workplace's holiday playlist... you might not want to hear this.
WDSU is reporting that, according to psychologists, listening to Christmas songs on repeat has a negative effect on one's mental health.
While the songs may bring joy and cheer to some, for others -- it just packs on the panic.
"Music goes right to our emotions immediately and it bypasses rationality. Christmas music is likely to irritate people if it's played too loudly and too early," says Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist. "It might make us feel that we're trapped."
Why trapped? Well, as Blair continues, the music can feel like a clock with the timer running.
"It's a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people and organize celebrations," she furthered. "Some people will react to that by making impulse purchases, which the retailers like. Others might just walk out of the shop. It's a risk."
That said, if you're feeling antsy and the store you just walked into is blasting Christmas carols? Health officials say that you better march your butt right out of the store because, otherwise, you're going to make it worse for your already stressed brain.
Employers are also catching on that blasting the Christmas cheer nonstop might not be the best thing to subject their workers to, either.
Members of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers in the U.K., says, "We ask employers to consider the staff who have to listen to Christmas music all day, because playing the same songs repeatedly can become very irritating and distracting."