Music has the tendency to bypass rationality and go straight for our emotions, Blair said. "It might make us feel that we're trapped — it's a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people, organize celebrations.”
While previous research has shown that adding Christmas music or scents to the shopping experience yields a positive experience for shoppers, it could also lead to impulse buys, due to the music's emotional influence, Blair said.
The United Kingdom's Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers also told Sky News they "ask employers to consider the staff who have to listen to Christmas music all day, because playing the same songs repeatedly can become very irritating and distracting."
Increased stress during the holidays is also a major trend in the U.S., according to the American Psychiatric Association.
Some common holiday stressors could include financial demands of the season, dealing with the interpersonal dynamics of family and maintaining personal health habits, including an exercise regimen, a 2015 Healthline study on consumer health found.
Ellen Braaten, a psychology professor at Massachusetts General Hospital, shared some tips in a Harvard Medical School report on holiday stress and the brain:
People who feel stressed during the holidays should evaluate how they spend their time, decide what they want the holidays to mean to them, and keep their expectations for the season realistic.
“The holidays are just another time of year,” Braaten said, “certainly something to mark, but not the end-all, be-all.”