I'll admit, I'm no Halloween fan. I'm not one to decorate the house with fake cobwebs or carve scary faces on pumpkins. But I know many of my followers can't get enough of Halloween! It's been a long time since I wrote a Halloween-themed blog post, so this post is well overdue, even if the blog title is controversial!

A laptop with Hocus Pocus on the screen.

I'm not one for scary films, I never have been. I'm someone who jumps a mile and has a mini heart attack when a door slams shut. I can't stand the thought of trying to watch a scary movie at night. The thought of going upstairs to bed after watching a Halloween-themed movie is my idea of an absolute nightmare! 

I know that there are some classic Halloween films that some deem need to be watched at least once in their lifetime. I am pretty sure with the films I'm going to list now, there's going to be controversy as I've never seen any of these Halloween-themed movies, regardless of whether they're scary or not.

Here is the list of Halloween-themed movies that I have never watched:

1) Hocus Pocus

I think this one may be the most controversial on my list. I know it’s not a scary film, but I've never really wanted to watch Hocus Pocus - the original and the remake. I think, out of all the ones I'm going to list in a minute, this one is most probably the only one I can see myself attempting to watch this year.  

A laptop with the Halloween-themed movie, Hocus Pocus on screen.

2) Scream

Nah, I've not watched one single Scream film. The mask scares the living daylights out of me. I'm not a fan of "jumpy" films. Scream is a movie franchise that you will not see me becoming a fan of - sorry! 

3) Scary Movie

Again, another movie franchise I will not get on board with. I'm not entirely sure how scary and jumpy these films are, but I'm not going to take the risk and watch one to find out! 

4) Paranormal Activity

I remember going to watch the third Paranormal Activity movie in the cinema when I was in college and I literally watched it through my fingers! I don't think it's too ghoulish as such, it just has a lot of jumpy and unexpected moments! Safe to say, when I went home that night, I promised myself that I wouldn't be watching the others!

A laptop with Halloween-themed movie, Hocus Pocus, on the screen.

5) Ghostbusters

Ok, this film isn't really scary, but it's just a film that has never appealed to me. The song from the film is no doubt a classic (albeit slightly annoying for others). 

6) It

Watching Pennywise scare the living daylights out of children and even adults, is not for me! I'm not a fan of clowns, so "It" is not a film I would sit down and watch with ease. I've seen bits of "It", and that was enough! It's funny, but when you Google the word "It film" look out for the clown and red balloon emojis floating across the screen!

There we have it, the Halloween-themed movies I have controversially never watched before!

A laptop with Halloween themed movie, Hocus Pocus, on the screen

Halloween is a time of the year which isn't for everyone. As I said before, some love dressing up, decorating their house with Halloween decor and happily answering the door to trick-or-treaters. Others, like myself, will be closing their curtains early and praying that no trick-or-treaters knock on their door wanting sweets. Whatever your plans for Halloween, I hope you have the best time! 

Let me know your thoughts on my list!

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If you want to help your own mental health, it will have to start with you and the decisions you decide to make for yourself. While it sounds very cliche and overdone, one of them you’ll need to start doing to better your future is going to be developing a positive outlook in your life. A positive outlook on life is like a ray of sunshine that can brighten even the darkest days. It's a mindset that empowers you to overcome challenges, embrace opportunities, and live a more fulfilling existence. 

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But this is one of those things that are honestly easier said than done. Not everyone can immediately become the “glass half full” type of person. So, with that said, what do you need to do to start developing a positive outlook on your life? 

Well, here’s everything you need to know!

Practicing the Art of Gratitude Can Help Greatly

So, this is something that gets promoted a lot, but there’s a good reason behind it, and it’s due to the fact that this actually works!  Gratitude is the cornerstone of a positive mindset. Practicing this will literally change your brain. So, why not start each day just taking a moment to reflect on the things you're thankful for? 

It could be as simple as a beautiful sunrise, a delicious meal, or the support of loved ones. After doing all of the basic ones (so not repeating), you’ll start to notice all of those tiny little things that you’ve never picked up on before. You’ll become so thankful for those small things. So, cultivating gratitude shifts your focus from what you lack to what you have.

You Need to Surround Yourself with Positivity 

Chances are, this is a big given, but you should still think about it anyway: your environment has a significant impact on your mindset. If you’re in a bad environment, you can expect to feel terrible. So, you’ll want to surround yourself with positive people who uplift and inspire you. If you can (which might be really hard), it’ll be best to just try to limit exposure to negative influences, whether they're toxic relationships, news, or social media. 

Choose positivity in your surroundings. It’s hard to do, but you seriously need to put yourself first and put your health first. If you’re feeling stuck in a bad environment, you need to remind yourself that you have the power to get out. Sure, it’s probably uncomfortable, but it’s for the best.

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Try to Smile More

This is sometimes easier said than done. However, did you know that the act of smiling itself helps you release endorphins? No matter what, it’s so important for you to put on a smile! If you are someone who is slightly self-conscious about their smile, check out https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/invisalign-london/. In general, smiling more will trick your brain into thinking you're happy, so keep that in mind when it comes to a positive outlook. 

Practice More Self-Care

Are you putting yourself first? Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is essential for maintaining a positive mindset. You absolutely, 100% need to start prioritising self-care activities that rejuvenate and relax you, such as exercise, meditation, hobbies, or spending time in nature. It’s your life, and you need to focus on taking care of yourself and making yourself happy, too. 

Try to Cultivate an Optimistic Mindset

So, when it comes to optimism, you need to know that this is a choice, a choice to have a mindset that believes in the possibility of a brighter future. If you’re truly wanting to have a more positive outlook on life, then you have to do this. Cultivate optimism by practicing positive self-talk, visualising success, and reminding yourself that challenges are temporary and surmountable. Is this hard to do? It can be pretty tough. Yes, it’s honestly going to take a lot of time, but you do have the ability to create this mindset for yourself.

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Focus More on the Solutions, Not the Problems 

What’s the best thing that you can do for yourself is to not dwell on problems. Instead, you’re far better off if you direct your energy toward finding solutions. A positive outlook seeks opportunities and silver linings in challenging situations. So, it’s going to be best for you to approach problems with a proactive mindset, and you'll be better equipped to overcome them. This is something that’s truly challenging too, mentally challenging, but to move on, you have to think of how you can move on. 

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