In the last year, ASMR has taken the world, and the Internet, by storm.
Haven’t heard of it? The abbreviation stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). When the naturally-occurring response is triggered by certain sounds and sights, one may feel a relaxing tingling sensation throughout the scalp, back of the neck, and upper spine area.
It is often compared to paresthesia, the commonly felt “pins and needles” when our legs, hands, or feet fall asleep – though a much more pleasureable version.
The meteoric rise in ASMR popularity has lead to an approximate 5.2 million ASMR videos on YouTube, with many popular channels like ASMR Gibi and ASMR Darling often garnering millions of views per upload.
Typically, these videos feature an individual, or content creator, making numerous sounds to trigger deep relaxation. (Tapping, scratching, unwrapping, whispering, you name it.)
It has been said that ASMR can help with widespread issues like anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It’s no wonder why more and more are continuing to add ASMR into their weekly, and even daily, mental health regimes!
As the recent coronavirus pandemic continues to spread fear, uncertainy, and panic across the globe, let us take a moment to rid our minds of all the hysteria and remember the importance of taking a moment for yourself to calm your anxieties. And what better way to do that than ASMR?
We’ve got you covered!
Here are our top 5 ASMR picks to calm your Covid-19 anxiety:
Stay safe. Stay calm. And stay kind.
Read about amazing acts of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic:
‘If you look at the back of my car right now it looks like I’m overly prepared, but this stuff isn’t for me.’: Woman starts supply drive for elderly during coronavirus outbreak, ‘We can’t all do everything, but each of us can do something’
‘A man in his 60s got behind me in line as I frantically loaded the conveyor belt. ‘Looks like you’re going to need another cart,’ he said and nodded to his own.’: Woman shares act of kindness during national panic
‘The old man asked the cashier, ‘Do you have any toilet paper? Please, my wife is sick.’ He was exhausted and on the brink of tears.’: Man shares act of kindness for elderly man, ‘Now, more than ever, we need to look out for one another’
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