Some people love it, some people hate it, and some people call it “the weird part of the internet”. I’m part of the first group. I love ASMR. I love watching videos of people tapping on objects, whispering into the microphone, and making various hand movements. If you’ve never heard of ASMR, this probably sounds very strange, but those videos have helped soothe my anxiety in the past and have helped me reach a more relaxed state.
I had first found out about ASMR during my sophomore year of college. I was having a pretty difficult semester and was usually very anxious and stressed. At night, I hard a hard time falling asleep because I kept worrying about all of the school work I still had to complete or a presentation that was coming up. When I had talked about this issue to one of my friends, they had suggested that I look up ASMR videos online. I had never heard of it before, so I found it sort of strange when they suggested that I turn off the lights, maybe light a few candles, put on headphones, and then watch people touch things. But, I trusted them and decided to give it a try.
The first video I clicked on was a woman who was whispering into the microphone, tapping on a hairbrush, and pretending to give the viewer a head massage. I was very skeptical about the video’s ability to make me feel calm, but during the first few seconds, I got chills all over my body. As the woman continued to whisper, I could feel myself becoming more and more relaxed– sleepy, even. This was the most calm I had felt in weeks.
Once that video had ended, I searched for more like this, and did so until I was certain I would fall asleep if I watched another one.
It was pretty amazing, really. Before my friend had mentioned these videos, I was on the verge of a panic attack. But once I began watching them, all of the things I was worrying about went away– and all because I watched a woman who whispered into a microphone and pretended to give me a head massage.
Now, a few years later, I still watch ASMR videos almost on a daily basis. I watch them as I’m trying to fall asleep or when I need to relax, I put them on as background noise when I’m working, and I’m even watching one now as I write this. They’ve had a positive impact on my life and for that I am thankful.