Turn Off the Christmas Carols! It's Too Early
With Thanksgiving still nine days away, you may have already heard it on your car radio or in stores or shopping malls: Yep, holiday music. In fact, some stores have been playing holiday tunes for weeks. According to a retailer survey conducted by the Tampa Bay Times, Best Buy stores began playing Christmas music in October, Sears/Kmart and several others joined in on November 1st, and other retailers, including Target, will begin the day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
Love it, hate it, or tolerate it, holiday music can affect your mental health, according to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, as reported by the U.K.’s Sky News. The reason: whether it brings a smile to your face or makes you cringe, holiday music can trigger stress and remind you of the things you need to do before the holidays. Shopping, decorating, party planning, traveling...
People who listen to (or are exposed to, depending on your perspective) holiday music at work – those who work in retail, for example – are at the highest risk for Christmas music-induced stress, according to Blair. Listening to the same songs over and over, day after day for weeks could affect workers’ ability to focus on anything but tuning out the holiday tunes.