Psychologists: Christmas music bad for your health?

The Christmas season lasts a quarter of a year for many retailers

Stressing before Christmas? Listening to the cheerful, jolly music will not help you relax, a British psychologist said.

Psychologist Linda Blair says listening to it can be bad for your mental health. "You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing", Blair tells Sky News.

However, in a 2015 Huffington Post/YouGov survey, 43 percent of respondents said the ideal time for the start of Christmas music is one month before the holiday - only four percent said they'd like to hear it more than a month out from December 25. Since Christmas music is on repeat in most stores beginning in November-or in some even earlier-it is very hard for workers to "tune it out", which makes them "unable to focus on anything else", according to Blair. She states that hearing the same songs over and over each day make workers struggle to "tune it out" and they become "unable to focus on anything else".

"It might make us feel that we're trapped - it's a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people, and organise celebrations", she told Sky News.

A recent study conducted by the Tampa Bay Times found that some retailers had begun spreading Christmas cheer as early as October 22. A few days later, other stores such as Sears, Ulta and Michaels followed suit.

While retailers seem to subscribe to the thinking that earlier is better, Danny Turner, a programming executive with Mood Media, told the publication he advises retailers to be careful what music they opt to play. Once I'm at the third day, I'm counting how many days are left.

The newspaper also conducted a poll about the most appropriate time to start playing Christmas music.

We all know someone (or maybe you are that someone) who refuses to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.

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