Psychologist warns too much Christmas music ‘can be harmful to your health’

Too much Christmas music might actually be harmful to your health.

For some people – including those suffering from seasonal affective disorder or who have lost loved ones – the festive season can be a tough time of year.

Hearing holiday music can have a negative impact as the songs are on repeat in the build-up, while for others this can be a reminder of the stress at this time of year.

“People working in the shops have to learn how to tune out Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does make you unable to focus on anything else,” Clinical psychologist Linda Blair told Sky News.

“You simply are spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”

Camera IconToo much Michael Buble over Christmas might actually be doing you harm. Credit: Supplied

While many might think that product placement or a discounts during a sale are key to selling, Blair said music has the “most powerful impact on shoppers”.

“When the songs are targeted properly – when a shop gives its customers what they expect to hear – it really does get people to buy stuff,” she said.

“So, if you play classical music in a wine shop, sales go up. Or if you play romantic music in a florist, sales go up.”

So if you’re cruising the aisles singing along to “All I want for Christmas is you”, spare a thought for staff who have probably heard it 100 times.