NOV 22, 2017 07:08 PM PST

Too Much Christmas Music Could Be Bad For You


If you've been putting off cranking up the Christmas tunes, you might be mentally healthier than some who start with the fa la la la la months ahead of the holiday. By now, Christmas music can be heard almost anywhere. Some major market radio stations have turned to a 24/7 program of all holiday music all the time. It's piped into stores and blares on television ads, and some experts say that the constant barrage of halls being decked and holly being hauled out can be mentally exhausting. Especially for retail employees who spend hours a day in shops that blast jingling bells and holly jolly sentiments on a repeating loop.

Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist in the United Kingdom, told Sky News that the mental energy required to tune out the music could be draining. It's known that music can evoke an emotional response, and during the busy holiday season, it can be a trigger for the stress of shopping, traveling, cooking large meals and dealing with family dynamics. While the retailers have found that the right Christmas music spurs shoppers to buy more than they usually would, it can still be grating on employees. So while it might be the most wonderful time of the year, popping in a CD of Guns and Roses now and then might just keep the stress at bay.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
SEP 06, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
SEP 06, 2018
Superconducting Levitation "Roller Coaster"
You probably have seen this a thousand times: a liquid nitrogen-chilled, superconducting puck levitates over a large magnet or zooms back and forth on a ma...
SEP 08, 2018
Videos
SEP 08, 2018
How Stem Cells can Help us Model, Treat and Repair Eye Disorders
Researchers now have straightforward ways to generate stem cells, which have tremendous therapeutic potential, from specialized adult cells....
SEP 09, 2018
Videos
SEP 09, 2018
Black Hairy Tongue - A Shocking Antibiotic Side Effect
A 55-year-old woman experienced a rare side effect of antibiotics while being treated for an infection....
SEP 25, 2018
Videos
SEP 25, 2018
Heal Faster
Active patient vs passive patient...
OCT 04, 2018
Videos
OCT 04, 2018
Why Do We Have Nightmares With a Fever?
Fever is the body’s response to a threat. When some viruses or bacteria try to enter the body, an immune response begins that can include a sharp ris...
OCT 06, 2018
Videos
OCT 06, 2018
Explore a Human Cell with an Interactive Website
The Allen Institute is aiming to enhance our understanding of how human cells function....
Loading Comments...