How Tattoos Can Help Anxiety

How Tattoos Can Help Anxiety

Between one in five American adults encounters mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. But, notwithstanding it is also common, lingering social stigmas make it hard for some to speak out about their mental health issues and this can cause serious health issues if not taken care off. More people are finding it so hard to talk openly about their depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. Some are even shattering the stigma by adorning their bodies with mental health-related tattoos.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, here is an excellent Project Semicolon. It’s not about having a ‘love for grammar’. According to the project’s website, Project Semicolon is a global non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction, and self-injury. If someone has a semicolon tattoo, it can be among the Project Semicolon.

Our mental health is a part of us and tattoos can be a constant remembrance of where we’ve been and where we aspire to go. If you think the tattoos are marvelous, the stories are even much better. Take a look!


1. “This reminds me that it’s not my fault. Serotonin is lacking in my brain. We are all warriors in this fight against mental illness.” — Paige Johnson


    2. “Tattoos are so essential to my mental health…”

    “…I give myself warnings I wouldn’t believe otherwise. I chose to leave that impression there, to leave a moment of hope for myself. I don’t feel hope when it comes from other people, so the self-direction and permanence of tattoos goes a long way in getting out of anxiety.” — Olivia James



      3. “I’m not an expert on disorders and I’m not a specialist on healing, but I do know this: both are what life brings, and how we handle that what matters.” — Alyse Ruriani


        4. “Stars can’t shine without the darkness. Even if things in my head aren’t OK, it won’t be dark for long because I’m a shining star in my right.” — Erica Marie


          5. “I can never give up; I’m a fighter.” — Jenna Pleasants



            6. “Pi, a mathematical constant, reminds me that even when my world feels like it’s falling apart, there’s still a constant in the world…”

            “…The semicolon tells me to keep going even though I don’t feel like I can or don’t need to. A Bible verse reminds me of the huge picture I sometimes fail to see when I’m depressed.” — Julianne Leow


              7. “The bottom tattoo is for eating disorder and recovery…”

              “…I endured anorexia when I was 14 years old. The first tattoo is for my strife, and I was free from postpartum mental illness. It tried to take my life, but I’m still here, and now I’m full of joy and thriving!”



                8. “I have post-traumatic stress sickness, severe general and social anxiety disorders and severe chronic depression. I also have a brain damage…”

                “…The trauma began at 7 and eventually left when I was 33. I have this to remind me that my heart is still beating and my stars light my way. I’m never without love, even alone.” — Kimberley Halliwell


                  9. “This hummingbird was tattooed quickly after three months of hospitalization for post-traumatic anxiety dysfunction and depression. It tells me that it’s OK to fly. And I got PTSD service dog I received shortly after!” — Kerri Symes.


                    Tattoos can be a great medium to express our individuality and feelings. Some people might think that having tattoos are awful, scary, even taboo. But, having tattoo isn’t always bad. Sometimes it becomes a reminder for ourselves about the pain we have been through and how we have become so strong that we still can stand up until this very minute.

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                    On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

                    Common Sense

                    There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.



                    Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.



                    People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.


                    Final Thoughts

                    The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

                    Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

                    What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?



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