ASMR: what it is and how it can help you

Do you ever get sleep problems? Find it hard to relax? Get stressed? Do you have issues with anxiety? Look no further!Okay, this isn’t a ‘cure’, per se. If you’re having mental health-related issues, you should always reach out and talk to a professional. There’s no proof that ASMR can treat depression or anxiety. It’s not a medical treatment. ASMR isn’t going to save your life… but it may just change it. You might not have heard of ASMR – so here’s a quick rundown of what it is and how it can help you:

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – and in normal English, it basically means experiencing a tingling sensation down your spine from audio or visual stimuli. It’s often accompanied by feelings of intense relaxation, and some people even describe feelings of euphoria.

Some people experience ASMR on a daily basis without even knowing what the sensation is called! Watching others perform mundane tasks – making breakfast, turning the pages of a book, brushing hair – can have an effect on you if you watch out for it. But most people seek out YouTube videos for anything ASMR-related.

ASMR videos often feature whispering, gently tapping or scratching objects, relaxing visuals, or a combination. It sounds bizarre – but when I first watched it, I was instantly hooked. I strongly recommend giving it a go – find a video that takes your fancy and be open-minded about it! Put your earphones in and watch it in a quiet and calm environment, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

ASMR has helped me calm down if I’ve ever been particularly nervous, and more recently I’ve been using it to send me to sleep. Another branch of ASMR videos are ‘roleplays’, where the YouTuber will pretend to apply your makeup or give you a massage – and honestly, it’s the next best thing. Arguably even better than the real thing!

ASMR will no doubt become bigger as time goes on, but right now it isn’t perhaps as mainstream as it ought to be. We’re always looking for ways to relax or de-stress – and I believe ASMR is a great way to chill out if you’re feeling the pressure. It’s certainly changed my life for the better.

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