Why I’m Passionate About ASMR to Relax & Soothe Anxiety

This is how I can often be found – earbuds in ears.  But I’m not usually listening to music – it’s typically ASMR videos on YouTube to which I am happily listening.  If you would have asked me what ASMR was a year ago, I would not have had a clue.  Now, it is a daily part of my life.  Once I discovered what ASMR is, there was no turning back.

ASMR – which is short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response –  is typically described as a “phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or cognitive stimuli” (from the ASMR Wikipedia page here).  Or, in my own words, ASMR for me is feeling tingly sensations in my head, and often, over my entire body, that are triggered by things like soft speaking, finger tapping, soft crinkly noises, and occasionally, even watching slow hand movements.  Though the topic is often brought up, for myself and many, many others, ASMR is not sexual in nature at all.  For me, ASMR is a tool to bring deep relaxation, to soothe anxiety, and help with insomnia.  I have used ASMR videos for all three of those things with fantastic results.

One of the easiest ways to describe ASMR to someone who is unfamiliar with it is to think about being at the hair salon.  Do you enjoy the way it feels when someone gently shampoos you hair?  Do you like the feeling of your hair being softly brushed?  Do certain types of touch or sounds give you pleasant feelings or goosebumps?  This is ASMR.  Not everyone experiences ASMR, but for those who do, it is a wonderful discovery.  This is one of the first videos I watched to learn more about ASMR.

For me, ASMR is another form of meditation.  I often enjoy listening to ASMR at work if I’m doing certain tasks, to help me relax. This is an example of a video I would listen to at the office.  If I’m having a bout of anxiety, certain ASMR videos are excellent for helping to calm me – like this one.  And if I’m having trouble falling asleep, I love listening to videos like this.

I can understand how this all seems pretty odd and unorthodox – sure, it is – but it works wonders for me, and for that, I am happy to spread the word.  I am an anxious person by nature.  I very often have an overactive imagination, deal with insomnia at times, and get anxiety.  People that deal with these things will probably agree that you often look for ways to help deal with these issues.  When you find something that helps, you hold on to it!

Often, there are people who do not experience the tingly sensations, but enjoy listening to ASMR purely to relax.  I think that’s great, too.  It’s not for everyone, but for those that it works for, it is truly a gift.

There is not really any scientific research or data to substantiate ASMR (not yet, anyway) – but that’s OK.  I reap the benefits with less stress, more relaxation, and another way to ease anxiety.  And it’s free!

This is a list of some of my favorite ASMR artists in no particular order, with links to their YouTube pages.  This is not an exhaustive list – I’m always discovering new artists that I like – there are quite a few.  As with anything, some ASMR artists are phenomenal, and some are just OK – you have to find what clicks for you.

Gentle Whispering (she is definitely one of the greats)

Olivia’s Kissper ASMR

Brittany ASMR

AccidentallyGraceful ASMR

Chocolat ASMR

ALBinWhisperland

Fairy Char ASMR

ASMR Massage Psychetruth

DonnaASMR

ASMR Angel

Do you have any experience with these sensations?  Have you ever watched ASMR videos for relaxation?

 

Products I’ve Used Up #5

septemptiesMore beauty products I’ve used, with my honest options!

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner – This is a very nice leave-in conditioner for my fine hair.  However, I’ve decided that I like the Honest Company Leave-In Conditioner better.  The  price is much more affordable – the Honest version is $5.95 for 4ozs, while Yarok is $19.80 for 4ozs. I also love the Honest Company’s orange vanilla scent.  The Yarok is pricier and doesn’t perform any better on my hair.

Mahalo Body Vacation Glow (trial size) – This brand is fantastic as a whole.  I’ve tried all their products and they are exceptional.  This is a lovely body oil that is best suited for spring and summer, in my opinion.  It does give a subtle shimmer to the skin – not glittery at all.  The scent is warm and slightly exotic.  However, since body oils aren’t one of the things I splurge on, I wouldn’t purchase this product.

Osmia Organics Luz Enzyme Facial Soap – I received this face soap in my ANFGB box that I purchased a couple of months ago.  I still have part of the bar left, and I still absolutely love it!  This little bar changed how I felt about bar soaps for my face – it is one of the most moisturizing face soaps I’ve tried.  No tight, dry skin!  And the scent is complex and beautiful.

W3LL People Expressionist Mascara – This has been my favorite clean mascara for a while – it makes my lashes look really good, doesn’t flake at all, and only smudges when it’s very humid or I rub my eyes.  However, I recently bought a clean mascara that I think trumps this one.  I’ll talk about that in a post coming very soon!

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Elixir – I bought this last year when I was dealing with severe anxiety and mild depression, as an added tool in my arsenal.  This is a lovely product and I highly recommend it to help in calming anxiety.  I used this to help my anxiety in conjunction with other things – both medications as well as holistic approaches  This would be nice to have on your desk at work for times when you feel a little stressed.  My anxiety and depression are much, much better controlled at this point in time, FYI.

Meow Meow Tweet Face Cleanser – I bought this as a first cleanser in a 2-step cleansing regime.  I hoped it would work really well to dissolve my makeup, but it didn’t work great for that purpose.  I did use it up and I did use it to remove makeup, I just wouldn’t repurchase because I definitely didn’t love it for that purpose.  On the other hand, it is a nice oil-based face cleanser.

Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil – My husband and I both used this oil.  I really like this oil not only because it works really well, but the price point makes it very affordable as far as clean beauty oils go ($25 for 0.9 ounces).  I would definitely repurchase this oil in the future.  Also, the scent – for me – is a fantastic earthy scent.

Little Barn Apothocary Soothing and Clearing Toner – This was a bit too astringent for my skin, even during the summer.  I wouldn’t repurchase for that reason.  I much prefer the Brittanie’s Thyme toner over this one for a summertime toner.  I’m not sure why, but I cannot find this product on their website – perhaps it was discontinued or is a seasonal product?

Have you tried any of these products?