How to Go to Bed After Playing a Horror Game

With Halloween at an end, I though it’d be a great time to take part in one of Normal Happenings’ Daily Inklings! I’m spinning the prompt just a bit… What do I do after playing a horror game to calm down? I’m going to share my tips and tricks with you on how I chill out after playing some of my favorite horror games! Here’s 7 steps to help you decompress after playing a scary game.

Drink A Cup of Tea

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I totally blame my husband for this one. Drinking a hot cup of tea wasn’t something I did until a couple of years ago when he was visiting from Ireland. He made me a hot cup of tea, and since then it has become something I turn to when I’m in need of comfort. Tea not really your thing? Hot chocolate can do the trick.

Play The Sims

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The Sims can be a great distraction. The mundane tasks of making sure your Sim eats, sleeps, and goes to work can be enough to calm your racing mind and heart. Creating a new Sim, picking out a house and decorating it is also a great distraction. Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley are great alternatives if you don’t have the Sims.

 

Look at GIFs of Cute Animals

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My husband and I do this all the time, especially if we’re feeling a little down. Cute animals can be the answer to shutting down your fear as well. Hit up your favorite subreddit or look around on Pinterest or Imgur for pictures and GIFs of cute animals doing cute things. It’s easy, and you’ll feel so much better.

Watch a Disney or Pixar Movie

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This is a tried and true method of mine for literally all aspects of my life. If I’m feeling some negative emotions, I turn on a good Disney or Pixar film that’s sure to lift my spirits. Netflix has Coco and Moana right now! Both are excellent feel-good films that are sure to calm your nerves after a night of playing a horror game.

Watch HGTV, Mr. Kate, or The Sorry Girls

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Does anyone else find home improvement or decorating shows to be oddly soothing? I know it’s not just me… Right? Anyway, HGTV on Netflix or Hulu can be another great distraction if you can’t bring yourself to play a calming game. Mr. Kate and The Sorry Girls on YouTube do a great job of scratching that same itch!

Leave a Light On

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Find yourself uncomfortable in the dark after that particular scary cut scene? There’s nothing wrong with leaving on a night light or a lamp when you crawl into bed. Once you’re feeling sleepy enough, you can turn off the light or leave it on if you are able to sleep with lights on.

Cuddle Your Pet

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If you have a pet, they are the perfect cuddle buddy to hold while you recover from a horror game. Give your pet some attention, and let them calm you down. My sweet Padme (above) is the perfect snuggle bug after a scary encounter in a game. You and your pet could benefit from this tip!

What tips and tricks do you have on how to go to bed after playing a horror game? Tell me in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “How to Go to Bed After Playing a Horror Game

  1. I needed this list when I was watching Haunting of Hill House. I loved it! But I needed some serious self care before going to bed. I’d let Archer stream on my phone as I fell asleep to break up the tension.

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  2. I play horror games into the dead of night and then go bed straight after. I may be a little bit weird. 😄

    One exception is Penumbra. Played that a few years ago and I had to stay awake an extra hour or two before going asleep because that game creeped me out in a way few things have ever done.

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    1. We all have that one game that really gets under our skin… I still find the need to decompress before crawling into bed even though I’m pretty seasoned in horror games. 😂 I think I’m just more susceptible to the creep factor haha!

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