Holiday Music Can Cause Stress Vs. Uplifting Feelings


When something is overplayed or repeated, it’s tiresome to the ears.  The holiday season encounters a bad habit of playing the same music wherever you go.

Holiday Music Turns Annoying

There is a sense of stress already during the holiday season. Holiday music can be very enjoyable, but when something pleasant becomes annoying, as it is heard everywhere you go, it is no longer dancing sugar plums in your head. An irritating bombardment of sounds occurs. Christmas lights and smells are more pleasing sometimes because at least they are not bombarding us.

The Scenario of Holiday Music

Imagine going shopping and hearing the same accompaniment of music. The feeling of being overwhelmed overcomes you as you feel the pressure to get everyone a gift.  Music of the holidays can leave you cheered up, but it can also leave you feeling tired with repetition. However, listening to another style of music could help with the stressful moment. Pentatonix does not necessarily produce traditional holiday music. They add a different twist on it, which could break the monotony.


Chaos or Pleasant Music
The Holiday season can attach itself to stressful circumstances as well. Imagine a mom of three walking through a shopping mall, and the cheerful music keeps running in the background. Matched with the music is a pressure-filled situation with annoyed children who don’t want to walk anymore.  Holiday music is blending into the background. The same music can fully absorb us or cause anxiety among the chaos.

Random Holiday Music

If we are sitting by the fire and listening to chestnuts roasting on an open fire, we might be content to feel saturated with the song while watching some fireworks. When you hear these songs everywhere and in nonspecific situations and not in special surroundings, frustration and dread can follow.

What Customer Service Feels

“People working in the shops [have to tune out] Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else…You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”

Sensory management of the music is what needs to happen in order to function and focus cognitively in any situation. Vary the music choices so that over stimulation does not occur.  Exposure to the holiday cheer appeal to the senses, but keeping it varied will be wise.