Let’s talk festivities: Too much Christmas music is bad for you

If you find yourself gritting your teeth and clenching your fists at the first sounds of Christmas music, you're not alone.

Let's be honest; even if you're a massive fan of the festive season, the idea of celebrating it for an entire eight weeks doesn't appeal to everyone.

While you can quickly scroll by Facebook friends who post photos of their Christmas tree in early November, avoiding Christmas music can be a lot more difficult, especially if you work in the retail sector.

(Or an office with colleagues who would happily begin the festive season in May.)

And it turns out being subjected to an onslaught of Christmas carols can actually have a detrimental effect on your mental health.

Speaking to Sky News, clinical psychologist, Linda Blair, explained that attempting to tune out the likes of Mariah Carey, East 17 and Cliff Richard indirectly affects your brain's functioning.

"People working in the shops at Christmas have to tune out Christmas music, because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else," she says.

"You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing."

In other words, early Christmas affects your productivity levels.

Something to remember the next time you're passing the office Suggestion Box, right?