What is ASMR?

ASMR

What is ASMR?

According to Merriam-Webster, ASMR stands for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.” It typically refers to the “tingly feeling” that travels from the head downward that some experience in response to certain sounds, feelings, or descriptions. These can include soft whispering, crinkling paper, or a gentle touch.

When I first came across ASMR, I had no idea what it was. I thought it was just whispering and for sleep. Boy, was I wrong! It’s about relaxation too. As I dug more into it, I realized that there was a whole YouTube community dedicated to this topic. Fascinated didn’t even begin to cover my interest. As a result, I went digging into it further. There were a few questions I had. How can it help someone to relax? Also, could it help with other issues like ADD or ADHD? I haven’t gotten answers to those questions so it’s fair to say that my research is ongoing.

So does ASMR help someone relax? Generally, that depends on what you want. If you’re looking just to relax, yes. If you want to use it to drift off to sleep, yes. The cool thing is that there are so many different topics in the ASMR community on Youtube. Makeup, beauty, meditation, and the list goes on. My favorite is the roleplays. It feels like you’re getting personal attention right from the artist. 

My Top 3 ASMR Favorites (YouTube)

https://www.youtube.com/c/LauraLemurexASMR

https://www.youtube.com/c/certifiedmoodasmr

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCII_02oFJAZ8HG_8PyzJ5Jg 

I picked these three artists because of the way they do their videos. The personal attention style is my favorite. I don’t get the tingles that I mentioned at the start of this piece. I do get the relaxation factor, and that’s enough for me! Alternatively, you may find that guided meditations are best, for you.

Finally, I think ASMR is a great tool for relaxation. Although, not everyone will get the tingles that some get, you might. Basically, it comes down to the person. I have yet to find someone who gets tingles. By all means, if you want to try a few ASMR sessions, check out the channels listed above. In my opinion, they’re a great start!

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