You enjoy watching horror movies, but sometimes you see a scene so graphic and disturbing that you just can't get it out of your mind. Or you may hate horror movies, but you decided to watch one with your friends, and now you regret it. Whatever your situation is, you have seen something scary that you would rather not remember. Graphic violence and terror has a lasting effect on people's minds, even if they know it isn't real. There are a few things you can do to relax and forget about the horror you experienced.
Tell yourself that what you saw was just a movie and in no way real. The things you saw in the movie are highly unlikely to ever happen in real life.
Spend time with other people. If you watch a movie alone, you are much more likely to be scared. Talk to your friends or spend time with family after seeing a scary movie. This will take your mind off of what you have seen, allowing you to forget it.
Watch a funny movie to help you take your mind off the scary one. If you do not want to watch another movie, listen to some relaxing music or read a book.
Do exercises, like push-ups or crunches, or go running. Right after seeing a horror movie, your body is filled with adrenaline. Exercising is an ideal way to "spend" that adrenaline, and you feel more relaxed afterward.
Do not watch horror movies by yourself at night. This makes it difficult for you to relax before bed, and you are more likely to have scary nightmares when you do fall asleep.
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.