NEW THING # 10:
Maybe I’ve been living under the rock, but I learned only recently about the phenomenon of ASMR. Have you tried it before? Does it work for you?
If you have no freaking clue what ASMR is, keep reading! Because apparently millions of people enjoy listening to someone whispering while folding their towels on YouTube. And millions of people can’t be wrong, can they?
ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a pleasurable feeling that some people get as a response to soft, relaxing sounds. Many describe it as experiencing warm tingling sensations in the head & neck area. The triggering sounds could be stuff like whispers, murmurs, soft taps, scratching, turning magazine pages, and many, many more.
I quickly looked it up on YouTube & I’m amazed by the variety of sounds & experiences you can find there.
It seems a little bit creepy and silly. But it’s apparently super comforting and even therapeutic. People claim it helps them achieve a positive emotional state, zone out, deal with stress and fall asleep. Not bad for some stupid YouTube videos, right?
So I decided to try it for a week. There seem to be tons of material to choose from on YouTube & Spotify. So that’s where I started.
What I’ve learned from watching ASMR videos for a week
Let me start by saying that I discovered the whole new world of ASMR sounds. And here are my thoughts:
Let’s wrap it up. Is ASMR worth it?
ASMR is way bigger than I expected. It’s a whole genre of sounds & videos. And despite the fact that not everybody gets tingles, it still is a quick and affordable way to relax. Which is not what I expected when starting this experiment. I thought ASMR is a bunch of fun videos that are pleasurable to watch. But it turns out they are really good for decreasing levels of stress. And stress is a huge factor in top leading causes of death and three-quarters of all doctor visits. So why not just go to Youtube and chose an ASMR video? It seems to be worth the trouble of listening to a couple of annoying eating sounds to find what works for you. Don’t you agree?
So will you give it a try? Or maybe you’re already a fan?