Christmas: Festive songs could actually be extremely harmful to your mental health

Carols, along with the tree and presents, are Christmas must-haves. But they could actually be bad for your mental health.

Christmas songs harmful mental health study
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Christmas songs harmful mental health study

December is already here. And December means the end-of-year period, with its traditional Christmas festivities. The world's most popular holiday will be accompanied, as usual, by special songs celebrating the snow, the tree and the famous presents.

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Unhealthy singing?

Whether you're more into Jingle Bells or All I Want For Christmas Is You, everyone will have their own little melody in mind when it comes to buying presents. But could these melodies be harmful to our health? At least, that's what psychologist Linda Blair claims.

According to her, these songs can be mentally exhausting. Linda Blair told Sky News:

People who work in shops at Christmas have to ignore the singing, because if they don't, it can prevent them from concentrating on something else.
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Cognitive fatigue

If the first few notes generally provoke a feeling of melancholy, even nostalgia, the repetition of the songs can have a devastating effect on our minds. For example, have you ever tried to listen to Mariah Carey's famous song over and over again, without quickly going mad?

Linda Blair explains. Christmas songs provoke a general stubbornness and it's extremely difficult to turn away from them. Cognitive fatigue follows, and it takes a real effort to stop thinking about these songs. The more a Christmas song plays in your head, the harder it becomes to bear. Okay, come on. We'll put it back on, but don't overdo it!

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This article has been translated from Gentside FR.

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