Many people are trying out ASMR as a way to bring relaxation into their lives. It can be a strange concept if you’ve never tried it before. As everyone feels the sensation to a different strength, not everyone will get the relaxing benefit but it’s a low-risk technique.
What is ASMR?
ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. The concept relates to the reaction generated by audio/visual cues.
… the experience of tingling sensations in the crown of the head, in response to a range of audio-visual triggers such as whispering, tapping, and hand movements.
Try it out
There are numerous videos available, particularly on sites such as YouTube, which cover triggers such as whispering and brushing.
You can also try making your own mix of sounds on ASMRion which features sounds such as leaves rustling and cat’s purr.
Watching and listening to these can bring a sense of blissful calmness or tingling, particularly in your head and could spread thorough your neck and arms, as if the hair is standing on end.
You may find that listening to them before bedtime can help if you have trouble getting to sleep.
What if it’s not for me?
Some people may find the sounds in ASMR videos annoying. Others may have an active hatred, known as misophonia:
…this can produce a kind of really angry aversive responses to things like chewing, pen clicking…
If this is the case, you may want to try less irritating sounds such as whispering or nature sounds.