I have anxiety and living with this mental illness can mean a restless mind and means struggling to fall asleep. We can often lie awake until the early hours of the morning thinking about our worries, work or even just what we are having for tea the next day. Our brains are complex but one thing I have found to help distract my mind is the ASMR community online.
What is ASMR and how can it help you relax
ASMR stands for Autonomous sensory meridian response which in English means the tingly feeling you sometimes get at the back of your neck. I don’t know the science behind it but I have delved into the ASMR world and it is extremely varied. Famous comedian Joe Lycett previously spoke about how he watches a lady on YouTube wrap Christmas presents and it just relaxed him and let him switch off for a bit. Well that’s pretty much what I do to relax.
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room – yes some people talk about how ASMR can be sexual, etc etc and how it is close to the feeling when having an orgasm. I’m not saying this doesn’t happen as there’s no way to be sure, but within the ASMR community I have been lucky to come across it’s all about making content that helps you relax, fall asleep or just reduce anxieties. It’s been vital for my mental health during these hard times.
For me, it’s just really helped me fall asleep. In particular I watch a variety of ASMR medical videos that roleplay a doctors office- yes I am not ashamed to admit when I go to the doctors and they take my blood pressure I feel very relaxed (no idea why, I just do) so when watching a YouTube video medical role-playing I literally relax within seconds and fall asleep. Yes perhaps I was that kid who played doctors when I was small, I have no idea.
It won’t work for everyone, I’m not saying this is a cure for insomnia or anxiety, BUT we love suggestions how to help and I couldn’t not share my love for ASMR content.
ASMR artists on YouTube I recommend:
Semide Coco – Semide makes a variety of content and was the first ASMR artist I followed. Semide has helped me sleep so much over lockdown and just appears to have her subscribers in mind when creating her content. Semide’s family are involved in her videos which include medical ASMR, meditation, natural medicine, massage, etc. – you name it this lovely lady has done it. You can follow Semide on Instagram or subscribe to her videos on YouTube.
Julia aka itsblitzzz – Julia is a vlogger based in LA who creates a variety of content on her YouTube channel. Food, culture and ASMR massage. I have only just discovered her and enjoy her ASMRs videos as she also includes family and friends in her content and provides a much needed relaxation and sleep. You can also follow Julia on Instagram.
Jadey Wadey – Jade creates ASMR content around beauty treatments such as facials, grooming and massages. I first discovered Jade’s YouTube channel when looking at facial ideas on Pinterest – which gave me some great ideas for facials I can do at home and introducing me to the world of beauty ASMR. Jade is also on Instagram.
I hope you all get a good night’s sleep no matter what strategy you use to help relax and switch off.
Love, Emma x