What do you do when you need to relax or have trouble sleeping? Perhaps you treat yourself to a massage (or pester a partner to do it for you), take a bath, or have a drink to unwind. Have you ever turned to YouTube?
There’s a new trend growing in popularity on video sharing platforms for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response videos (ASMR). These videos are composed of sounds that give many people a tingling sensation on the skin and soothe them into a state of deep relaxation. The sounds can be paint brushes on a canvas, whispering voices, tapping, crunching…fried chicken eating!
It doesn’t work for everyone but here are some examples to try it yourself:
Some psychologists believe that there are similarities between ASMR and meditation in the way that both allow you to shut down certain parts of your brain responsible for stress and anxiety. If you have attempted but struggle with meditation practice, perhaps AMSR could be a stress relieving tool you could use.
I’ve been watching these videos for a few months now – whispering is my favorite – and I tend to press play after a long day when I’m finding it hard to switch off my thoughts. I feel like I’m entering a dream-like state and then sleep like a baby.
Take some time to watch a few and get a feel for the type of sounds you enjoy. You can log in to YouTube and ‘subscribe’ to your favorite channels. Then, next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious, go to these channels and commit to watching one video. Try building into your weekly routine and note how you feel at the end of the week. Do you notice any changes?