WHAT IS ASMR/ AND CAN IT BE USEFUL FOR MENTAL HEALTH?
Through the process of finding a diagnosis and treatment, I can say I have had a fair share of staying up to the early hours of the morning moments. My dark bags can back me up on this one. One night, I was just wrapping up an “episode” like a graveyard shift, my brain needing some immediate relaxation like our body needs water. I heard of ASMR through a few people and I thought it was an elementary type trend like eating food on YouTube for hours and calling that “content.”
But sure enough, I found a category of ASMR that contributed to allowing my eyes to shut, finally. But wait, what is ASMR?
By definition: Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine.
Now I am not claiming that this will heal all anxiety, panic or whatever it may be or an answer to a “misplaced wire,” but it sure is comforting. To be fair, I am on medication, otherwise, I would be out of control so I understand the irritation when nothing can’t work, so just know you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with needing that type of assistance. Trust me, medication was the last thing I wanted to hear out of someone’s mouth, but I am sure glad I did it.
A big misconception about medication is that you don’t feel any type of stress or you are permanently on cloud 9 but the best part is you can use the most random findings on the internet such as ASMR to ease that extra edge that may be left for you to.. be human. If you would like an in-depth article about these misconceptions from my point of view, let me know in the comments as I would be happy to do so.
What are a few other benefits:
- improved blood flow
- improved mood
- it can be brought into the practice of meditation
- improved digestion
- * all the above is great for weight loss.
I found a binary sound with oils and brushes to be the most effective. You will probably see a lot of barbershop ASMR happening in your recommendations, it will either be relaxing or really funny. Both works when your down. One weird point I found interesting is how food sounds were pleasing to my ears, especially when my biggest pet peeve is smacking and loud chewing. So make sure you test out different sounds even if it sounds odd, it may be a surprise.
Also if you are looking to open a business, please please have an ASMR clinic. But only if it is in Toronto though!
Besides trying to find who is best, A few of my favorites are:
- itsblitzzz ** highly recommend
- ASMR Magic
- Relax with Reena
- Whispers Red ASMR
- ASMR Darling