You know that feeling you get, right before you walk into the dentist’s office? That feeling of dread, where you just know something is ‘gonna hurt’? Well, getting a piercing or tattoo is just the same. Even though they’ll probably be some pain involved – the bottom line is that you are going in to get fabulous and then on your way out you can show it off! Like with anything in life where we know we’re going to have to suffer some growing pains, there are a few approaches to dealing with the situation.
Don’t overexert yourself prior to having your procedure done. Instead, focus on getting some rest. Relaxing with a favorite book or listening to music that naturally soothes your nerves. Rejuvenate your senses and prepare for what’s to come by thinking nothing of it. Instead, fill up as much time as you can afford prior to having your tattoo or piercing done, on loading up on the good stuff; like plenty of time with friends, a walk along the beach – or a visit to the spa.
Mental Marathon/Positive Thinking
Face your fears head-on. If you are concerned about pain – mentally channel positive feelings and prepare for the occasion by thinking in terms of the outcome, rather than the process. By imagining how you will look afterward, you can direct your mind away from negative thoughts centered on the fear of pain and toward how great you’ll look a short while later. If your anxiety is from an uncertainty as to how you will look and whether it will end up ok – then focus on the reason you chose this artist, whose skill you clearly trust enough to have selected them in the first place.
Preempt Pain With Meds
One technique is to employ the peace of mind of taking a couple mild painkillers in advance. If you are concerned about severe pain, taking a dose can not only calm your nerves down it will also take the edge off any pain that you may need to endure. Just make sure to check with your piercer or tattoo artist if they are ok with this before doing it (*note that tattoo artist may not let you take any medication that can thin the blood out, always tell the artist if you have taken any medication). In case taking meds in advance is not allowed, you can get the same affect with some herbal teas or calming essence oils.
The best part of getting a piercing or a tattoo done is that these are personal enhancements that will become an integral part of your personality. What’s a little pain before you gain a gorgeous addition to your physical personality and unique style? By taking a few steps toward making the entire process bearable, easy and even fun – you can and will stay calm as you get that great piercing or amazing tattoo!