ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it refers to a phenomenon which is usually experienced through a relaxing tingling in the scalp and the back of the neck and can extend into the rest of the body.
Have you ever felt this relaxing sensation when listening to someone speak?
Maybe hearing a specific sound? Or perhaps watching someone do a methodical task? Triggers can take many forms and you may find that these change over time. For me, ASMR works best when combined with physical touch, like a light stroking of the hand. However, this can be hazardous when one lives with a cat that likes to pounce on moving hands! Not very relaxing I can tell you!
I first became aware of ASMR (although at this point, I didn’t know that this is what it was) during school when, at break times, people would eat their snacks and the crinkling sounds of the crisp or chocolate packets would send me into a dream-like trance. Then the same sensation occurred when playing make-over games with friends; the fluffy, soft make-up brush slowly gliding over my face combined with a soft voice close to me was enough to send me again to the dream-like state. ASMR has often been likened to meditation and there seems to be similarities between the two.
In adulthood I stumbled across ASMR when looking for a relaxing video on YouTube to try and help me sleep. Sleep had been evading me, thoughts on a loop keeping me awake, unable to drift off. At first I tried listening to rain sounds and this was soothing but didn’t help me sleep. Then I stumbled across Heather Feather’s channel. Her soothing whispers and simulated ear massages allowed me to clear my mind of all thoughts and focus on the relaxing pleasure brought to me by certain sounds. There are many ASMR videos that I never make it to the end of; I’m already snoozing away five minutes in. It’s like having someone there, in your ear, giving you personal attention to help you relax.
Over the past year my ASMR tastes have changed. I have my favourite artists and my favourite ‘go to’ videos. I don’t mind admitting that I may even be a bit of an addict. I log in nightly to see if my favourite artists have uploaded a video and whether that video includes my favourite triggers (currently whispering, page turning, certain words, ear cupping and ‘haul’ videos). Nothing better than snuggling down under the duvet to listen to the dulcet tones of Whisper Latina or BrittanyASMR.
These days it’s not so much about the tingles; it’s about being able to sleep peacefully, avoid anxiety and find comfort within an online community.
Well it’s been all systems go here at ASMR HQ…and by ASMR HQ I mean the little desk in my loft. It may be humble beginnings but this is the launch point of what will be my first voyage into unknown territory: YouTube.
I have never recorded myself (unless you count singing into a Fisher Price recording set at 9 years old with my best friend) and let me tell you it’s a scary thought! Putting your face and voice out there on the internet for the whole world to see! So why am I doing this? One reason only: to give back to the ASMR community who have helped me over the past year. Listening to artists, such as Whisper Latina, has enabled me to sleep and relax when I thought another anxiety-filled, restless night was ahead of me. I can only dream of being able to reach the standards of some of the ASMR YouTube community but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day and I can dream, right?
After months of me dropping not-so-subtle-hints, S bought me a second-hand Blue Yeti microphone and a new HD webcam. This long-anticipated equipment then languished in the loft for months waiting for me to have the time and motivation to sit down and figure it all out. Now, this gear ain’t cheap but it’s a far cry from some of the fantastical set-ups that I know some of the YouTubers work with. However, after playing around with it today…I have managed to create video with passable sound quality (which is all important for ASMR vids).
I can’t wait to get started on some actual videos for YouTube! However, that will have to wait until I’m not sat here in fake tan guide colour, no make-up and my leopard print dressing gown. I don’t think the world’s quite ready for that yet…
Image – ASMR HQ with Mozart (cuddly toy) standing by…
Welcome to Wonderful Whispers’ ASMR blog! Here I shall share details of my personal ASMR journey, information about ASMR and share my trigger tips. I would love to hear from you about your own ASMR journeys and experiences. The ASMR community is growing and I feel privileged to be a part of it. Let’s educate the world about the benefits of ASMR and how it can help people with so many areas of their lives.
I am about to undertake a YouTube adventure…After a year of watching ASMR videos, I have decided to take the plunge and give back to the community by attempting to make some videos of my own. Please bear with me through this process though as I am total newbie to this and I’m sure there will some rather cringe-worthy moments filled with ‘technical difficulties’! This was one of the major reasons for creating a blog around ASMR. I’ll blog every step of the way so this shall hopefully help those of you who are thinking of doing the same meaning you won’t have to make the mistakes I inevitably will…I’ll make them for us! Details to follow so watch out for upcoming posts.
Please don’t be a stranger. I’d love to hear about your own ASMR journeys and top triggers. Where abouts in the world are you? How has ASMR helped you?
Until next time…keep calm and listen to ASMR videos 😉