World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, and the objective for this year is to raise awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health.
Depression and anxiety - these are the words of the 21st century. We sleep and wake up with them. We have heard about people committing suicide and self-harm or dealing with failure, breakup, disappointment, rejection. Now celebrities are (like Deepika Padukone and Selena Gomez) spreading awareness and talking openly about it and their own struggles and experiences.
There are people who continue fighting this and have been successful in leading better lives. This World Mental Health Day, celebrate your journey to recovery with inspirational tattoos or get inked to help spread awareness about depression and other mental health issues. It is incredible how therapeutic a tattoo can be with all its healing powers!
Semi Colon Tattoo: A semi colon is a powerful exclamation mark used when a writer chooses not to end the sentence. Similarly, Semi-colon tattoo is used by many to demonstrate their winning battle against all odds. It is a perfect and constant reminder that their story isn't over yet!
Dandelion Tattoo: A dandelion symbolizes the desire to move on from the past, live in the present and embrace happiness instead of giving in to grief. It is a unique art form that reconnects you with your innocent past and youthful fancies.
Lotus tattoo: It is a powerful recovery symbol of self harm and depression and implies rebirth and transformation. Since lotus grows in muddy water, people get it inked to represent their rising from struggles and hardships. So, just like lotus, keep blooming and stay beautiful no matter what situation you are in!
Swallow Tattoo: Many people who are starting over from a difficult phase in their lives opt for this tattoo as a mark of new beginnings, rebirth and fresh start. A Swallow tattoo also denotes strength, achievement of success or freedom, winning life-threatening battle against a disease.
Serotonin Tattoo: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mood regulation and controlling feelings. Those with a serotonin tattoo may have it as a reminder to stay happy and calm. So you can be the one to have control over your happiness and mental wellbeing.
Anchor Tattoo: Anchor signifies stability and its tattoo urges you to, ' never sink' or 'always stay strong'. It is a choice of many strong-headed women who have shown a lot of courage and fought bravely in rough times. A text- 'I refuse to sink' can be beautifully incorporated alongwith the anchor which metaphorically means, never giving up.
A tattoo is a symbol that can motivate you and say a thousand words by just looking at it! It is a constant reminder of hope, strength, serenity, freedom, perseverance to those who have struggled with depression, disorders, addiction, or self-harm. Tattoo art is a way of saying that, "Your story isn't over yet", so stay strong, keep fighting and be proud of whatever you are!