Post Tattoo Blues

I recently got a tattoo, it was amazing. It didn’t hurt half as much as I thought it was and if you’ve had a tattoo you’ll know that the rush you get is amazing. However something I wasn’t aware of until getting this chest piece done, post tattoo blues. It’s actually a thing, I had no idea!

So I started feeling really run down and crappy the next day. Normally I’ll put it down to my depressions or normal mental health symptoms but this was different. I was just so unmotivated and didn’t want to do a single thing. I still managed to get some bits done but it got to 3pm and I’d had enough with the day. I didn’t want to focus on much and I wanted to go have a nap! That’s when I did a little digging on the internet and found that actually post tattoo blues are real!

I wish I’d known this before getting it done because I would have put a whole self care day in place after getting my tattoo so that my mental health didn’t take a mega negative impact. Instead I dove into food and curled up on the sofa, not always wise but it did work! Now that I think about it though I can think of a few ways to tackle post tattoo blues without eating mass amounts of food and ignoring the outside world, so I want to discuss these different ways and hopefully warn someone about to get a tattoo!!




How to combat post tattoo blues

So you might have seen me talk about ways that I overcome mental health, stress and anxiety on a daily basis. Whereas the ways I discuss work well for me, they’re not going to work well for this. So keep reading and don’t just look at my various ways to tackle anxiety posts because they won’t all apply. If you get a tattoo on your leg you’re not going to want to go for a walk!

Anxiety Comfort Box

You’re going to feel run down, unmotivated and basically not wanting to do a single thing. Which is the best time to crack out the anxiety comfort box and indulge! If you’ve got chocolate in there, eat it all up. If you’ve got some films in there, have a film marathon with the chocolate. Maybe you have essential bath oils, have a soak in the tub. Whatever you do, make sure it’s relaxing and takes your mind off of everything else. Curl up on the sofa with a good book or film and get lost in your imagination. Anxiety comfort boxes are super easy to make and you should totally have one for emergencies!

I find as well that whenever I use my anxiety comfort box I tend to turn my phone off, why? It means that I’m not bothered by the outside world, not going to be going through Facebook or caught up in the drama! If you’ve got a loved one you talk to all day every day then just let them know you’ve got out the comfort box and you’re taking a couple hours out and you might not reply right away, I’m sure they’ll understand!

Using Art To Relax

ART! Now this one might not be for everyone that’s a given. However when I’ve got too much going on in my head or I feel like utter crap I like to draw. Don’t get me wrong, my art work is terrible and no one should have to suffer it. That being said I do love to draw or even create anything with my hands and it really does take my mind off of whatever is getting me down at the time. I’m sure it’ll help you get over them post tattoo blues, at the same time you might even create or get inspiration for your next tattoo; if you want one that is!

Hobbies and The Internet

So the internet is vast and you can get lost in it for hours on end. That’s what some people might find helpful, I don’t think it’d help for me because I’d get too lost in the drame on social media, that being said YouTube might be a good place to go! If you’re like me and love a good parody or musical spins on shows etc. then just get lost in YouTube. You can literally spend hours watching videos or maybe catching up on some people you already follow!

Hobbies are the other thing, you might love to cook and in that case I’d suggest cooking or baking something yummy. You might want to try something new or stick with an old favourite recipe. If you have hobbies that you love, you might as well use them to your advantage and help rid yourself of the blues while creating something super delicious for everyone to enjoy; or just eat it all yourself I’m not here to judge!!




Post Tattoo Blues Advice

I don’t know what else I can say. I think that next time I get a tattoo I’m going to plan the next day out. I think I’m going to wake up later than usual and then have a movie marathon with my anxiety comfort box. I’m not going to binge a series or eat mass amounts of chocolate because then I might feel sick after or sad that I’ve just watched a whole series and it might have been the last one.

The best advice I can give you is to plan it all out, most people plan for the tattoo but it’s now apparent that the next day or maybe two need to be taken into account. I also think the bigger the tattoo the more you’re going to crash so if you’re having a big tattoo done over more than 2 hours prepare for the post tattoo blues!

Getting Over Post Tattoo Blues And Taking Care Of Your Mental Health

 

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2 Comments

  1. Loved reading this post. I don’t have any tattoos but it always surprises me how wide the spectrum is for things that can trigger anxiety, and it’s great that you have so many ways to combat this. As an anxiety sufferer myself, I know how tough it is to deal with. Your idea of a comfort box is amazing and I’m going to make one for myself this weekend!

    • Louis B Reply

      I love my comfort box, I make a new one every year so it doesn’t get boring as well! Mental health triggers can literally be everywhere but we just don’t know about them all!

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