ASMR is a great way to relax, especially after a long and exhausting day. It doesn’t matter if you just need to unwind, or help fall asleep after few nights of insomnia; ASMR is a phenomenon that can make you feel better. This post focuses on a definition of ASMR, its triggers and resources that I personally find most helpful.
ASMR stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response”, which can be defined as an euphoric experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin. This feeling typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation. It’s the feeling you got while listening to a very good song; the feeling that makes hair on your hand stand up; that “chill” feeling running down your spine when someone touches you very gently.
There are various stimuli which precipitate this sensational feeling. Most of these can be divided into 4 categories:
Visual triggers include everything that can be characterised as mystique. These stimuli are often underlined by slow movement and attention to detail. In short, visual stimuli include slow hand movement, burning candles and all other sceneries that invoke a sense of peace, quiet and tranquility.
Acoustic stimuli include softly spoken or whispering voice, ambient noises, mouth sounds and listening to repetitive and relaxing keywords.
Techniques to look for in youtube videos
While there are numerous triggers for ASMR, it takes a lot of practice to combine them so that the result recording is really efficient. Most of successful resources don’t combine triggers, but rather focus on one specific stimuli. On the other hand, there are some youtube videos that combine several triggers and overuse them. The golden rule for picking a good ASMR resource is keeping it simple. Of course, everybody is different and what works for me doesn’t have to work for you. Be that as it may, these proposals should give you a good starting point and idea what to look for. Finally, here is a list of techniques that I personally find the most effective:
Whispering relaxing keywords
Reading a story with layered, repetitive sentences
Ambient sounds, such as mouth sounds and scratching
Sounds of storm and rain, with echoed whispers
Whispered sleep guide videos with relaxing keywords
Where to start?
While Google provides almost infinite database of resources for ASMR, the best place to start experimenting with ASMR is probably Youtube. There are so many videos focused on this topic that people often don’t know where to start. Therefore, the best way to start searching is to aim at one or few specific channels that catch your attention straight away. Here is a short list of my favourite youtube ASMR-ists that should ultimately help you decide on the best video for your relaxation:
Don’t forget to write your own experience with ASMR down below in a comment section. What is your favourite ASMR resource? Is there any other youtube channel worth mentioning in the list above?