The wikipedia definition of ASMR, or Auto Sensory Meridian Response, is as follows: “Autonomous sensory meridian response, sometimes auto sensory meridian response, is a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. A pleasant form of paresthesia, it has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia and may overlap with frisson.”
Now, that’s a lot of words to say: tingles. You know the feeling when someone gives you a head massage? ASMR is that, from various “triggers”. There are many Youtube channels dedicated to this. Common triggers are: whispering, tapping, light, personal attention, and eating. It gives you these tingles and an overall feeling of calmness.
I’m not going to lie, I started watching ASMR as a joke. I thought “there’s no way this can be real or can help”, but I was wrong! It has literally become such a big part of my life and helps in so many ways. Once you find triggers and people that work for you, it is a life-changer.
Note: I have heard that not everyone can experience ASMR tingles. Either way, I feel that these videos are relaxing for anyone.
Top 3 Benefits I have found from watching ASMR:
- Lowers My Anxiety
Watching ASMR has dramatically lowered my day-to-day anxiety. I can throw on a video while I’m working and feel instantly calm and relaxed. I get a lot of anxiety on airplanes, so I feel this would help me tremendously on flights. I haven’t been on a flight since I started watching, but I’m excited to try it out!
2. Helps Me Sleep
I am someone who can struggle with insomnia. It can be hard when your mind is racing. A lot of people use ASMR for sleeping- it gives you tingles, calms you, and helps you sleep.
3. Helps Me Focus
I can watch/listen to ASMR while I’m doing work or a tedious task and find that it really helps me focus on the task at hand.
Overall, I feel that ASMR is great for people with anxiety, like myself. I find that it stops all my racing thoughts throughout the day and replaces it with good feelings.
On top of this, there is research that shows ASMR lowers your heart rate and improves your overall health and well-being. What is there to lose? Give it a try, and let me know what you think in the comments!
If you are interested in watching, I have linked some of my favorite channels below: