25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or trepidation about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. Everyone experiences anxiety, but some live with it daily and suffer from anxiety disorders.

Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These are very serious and can make it impossible for an individual to carry out their daily routines. For some, a helpful practice is to get a tattoo that expresses their feelings around anxiety. These designs include all sorts of subject matter ranging from funny to sad. We all process experiences differently so it should come as no surprise that people have many different ways of expressing themselves. We took a deep dive into mental health tattoos that specifically deal with anxiety. Here are 25 of our favorites.

In Your Head

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@jiotattoo (Source)

The tattoo artist who completed this tat wrote that she and her client discussed, “How we both often are perceived as lovely joyful successful women and how sometimes it is hard to share and let others know of our darker sides.” This tattoo was a way for her client to express some of her hidden emotions, the artist explained.

Not Broken

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@jeraydoestats (Source)

“Not broken, just bent” is how the tattoo artist described this gorgeous floral design. We love the way the words “not broken” form the stem of one of the flowers.

Real

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@adrigoncar (Source)

The photorealistic tattoo connotes anguish. This stunning work is as beautiful as it is painful to look at.

Everything Is Fine

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@dinkyink (Source)

“Got anxiety?” the person with this tattoo wrote. “Dress it up in rainbows and glitter because [f**k] it, you’re fab.” Well, that’s one way to go about it!

Faces

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@pravustattoostudio (Source)

The artist who completed this haunting tattoo calls the design, “faces of anxiety.” Many people with anxiety suffer in silence and feel like they’re wearing a mask to make it seem like they are just fine for others.

A Scream

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@tattooedtunafish (Source)

This is somehow the perfect visual metaphor for the way anxiety can feel, like you’re screaming on the inside. The juxtaposition of emotions is rather chilling.

Broken

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@liquorandink (Source)

Being mindful and staying present can be near impossible if you have thoughts racing through your head making you feel disjointed and scattered. This broken skull is a fitting visual for that sensation.

Cuts Like a Knife

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@james_one_tattoo (Source)

We did not expect to see an anxiety dagger, but people never disappoint. This handsome tattoo lets others know that they’re not alone.

Bombarded

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@benobi_tattoo (Source)

Don’t lose your head! This exploded head speaks for itself, but we will say the dotwork shading is really great here.

Sketch

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@ju.laika (Source)

We’re big fans of the sketch trend that people are tattooing these days. Here, we find a person trying to resist their fears.

Anxiety Monster

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@kaceycaldwell (Source)

“My little buddy might be whispering in my ear from time to time,” the person captioned this photo. “But at the end of the day, he can’t hurt me #anxietymonster.”

Stormy

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@edzllorente (Source)

Anxiety can feel like a storm ravaging your thoughts. This tattoo perfectly illustrates that sentiment.

Glitch

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@corexxtattoos (Source)

We’ve seen a few of these “glitch font” tattoos and we think they’re very cool. This design is right on the nose.

Anxiety Octopus

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@ww_tattooer (Source)

The artist explained that this tattoo was based on a Never Stay Dead design. Sometimes it can feel like the whole world is “laughing at you.” The anxiety monster is real.

Watercolor

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@bespoketattoos (Source)

This absolutely breathtaking watercolor tattoo is so raw and full of emotion. The use of color here is really remarkable.

Peace

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@ballistixz (Source)

Ridding yourself of anxiety and finding peace can be a difficult undertaking. We like this thoughtful design and the way it acknowledges overcoming your fear.

It’s Ok

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@wiki_mouse_tattoo (Source)

Mental health tattoos are so wonderful and this one contains one of our favorite sayings: “It’s ok to not be ok.” Simple and to the point is the name of the game.

Flash

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@reese_cote (Source)

Many tattoo artists create flash or pre-designed tattoos that are available for clients. This anxiety tombstone is a riff on a classic tattoo that’s been popular for decades. “Today we put to rest something that affects us all!” the artist wrote.

Doing the Best

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@wiki_mouse_tattoo (Source)

It’s all you can do! And, at least this person is trying.

Repeat

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@upsydaisytattoo (Source)

Semicolon tattoos express solidarity with others who might be going through some mental health struggles. Here, it’s paired with the instructions to keep breathing.

Anxious Squish

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@needlegardens (Source)

If this tattoo is based on an actual cat, we would like to meet her. Somedays you feel like an anxious cat and that’s just fine.

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Inside

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@shannonwagestattoos (Source)

This tattoo is a touch creepy, but it does get the message across. If eyes are the windows to the soul, then that soul is pretty anxious.

Anxiety Heart

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@alexiscraneart (Source)

Kawaii tattoos are all the rage right now. They are based on the Japanese concept of childlike cuteness where everything can be bedazzled. Here, the word anxiety looks far more appealing than it actually is.

Nothing on the Mind

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@labarberiast (Source)

Nothing to see here, just a person’s brain being turned into a nest of birds. The person joked in the caption, “always calm.”

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Mind Blown

25 Anxiety Tattoos That Want You to Take a Breath
@kyle_weeden_art (Source)

This black and grey tattoo reveals a dazzling, colorful cosmos for the face to represent a troubled mind. This tattoo is one of many that show the mind exploding but few capture it so beautifully.

There you go! 25 anxiety tattoos that deal with the difficulties of living with constant stress. We hope you feel inspired by these designs and will get your very own tat.

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