Listening to Christmas music is something that a lot of people love to do during the holiday season. But, what if you start listening to Christmas music too early? According to Travel+Leisure, it might actually be bad for your health! Keep reading to learn more.

Cheerfulness Could Lead to Stress

If you start listening to Christmas music in November because you are so ready to dive into the holiday season and experience all of the warmth and cheer that it brings, you might end up finding that you end up feeling more stressed as a result.

Here’s why holiday songs can lead to stress: music affects your emotional state rather quickly. And, even if you like listening to classic Christmas songs because they remind you of the joy of the season, you might also be reminded, even on a subconscious level, of all of the things that you need to get done before the holidays arrive. From shopping for gifts, to planning parties, there’s a lot that you need to do in a short span of time, and those holiday songs might put you in that frazzled state of mind sooner than necessary.

What If You Don’t Like the Holidays?

Sure, most people love the holiday season and everything that it’s about, but others find this time of year depressing or stressful, so they would rather not be reminded of the fact that it’s coming by listening to Christmas music weeks, or even months, in advance.

If you’re one of those people, whenever you walk into a store at the beginning of November or you turn on the radio in the car, and you hear those songs playing, you might immediately feel agitated or sad. Of course, it goes without saying that those negative feelings can take their toll on your physical state, as well as your emotional and mental state.

Because listening to Christmas songs too early may lead to stress and unease, as well as manipulate you into shopping more than you should, it’s best to avoid the music as much as possible until December arrives. That will give you plenty of time to enjoy your favorite songs without having to worry about the potential adverse effects that they can create.