For those of you who have visited my blog before, you may wonder why I returned to YouTube and started making ASMR videos. Some of you may even be wondering what ASMR is.
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. You may have heard or seen running gags about people making videos where they’re whispering what appears to be nonsensical gibberish or scratching fabrics or tapping objects. What’s that about, right?
Well, I didn’t know what it was either, but since I was a young child, I became aware pretty early on that I was sensitive to soft sounds. I loved the sound of rain, of waves on the beach, things we now think of as white noise. One of those sounds was the ceiling fan in my bedroom, which, in addition to loving the cool air coming from it, had a comforting sound that always helped me to fall asleep.
I also found that when I was in conversations with friends or family members, sometimes someone would speak in a soft-spoken voice, and suddenly, I found myself almost hypnotized and would feel these tingles in my head and they would often run down my spine. Over time I began to recognize this and at one point, I said something about it to my family. I learned very quickly that not everyone experiences these tingles and they may have thought I needed to have my head examined.
Then, a few years ago, a friend of mine posted a link to an article about the YouTube sensation that was beginning to gain a big following among other sensitive-eared folks like myself. The article mentioned an ASMRtist (what ASMR personalities like to be called) named Gentle Whispering. She made videos where she would whisper softly into a sensitive mic and often do ordinary tasks such as folding towels, go through her makeup routine, etc. And she had hundreds of thousands of subscribers of people who found themselves fascinated by the soft and sensitive sounds coming from her videos.
Further, many of the people watching these videos claimed the soft noises helped them to fall asleep. Some of them were lifelong insomniacs who found the tingling sensation of these videos comforting.
While there’s a lot of speculation as to whether ASMR counts as actual therapy (it is essentially a form of hypnosis), there are a lot of people who claim ASMR helps them deal with depression, anxiety, and other fears. I am one of these people.
So while I’m new to making these videos, I wanted to make them for the purpose of helping folks who deal with anxiety like me to find a calming voice in their day. I want to bring a friendly face to their computer or phone screens and help them know they aren’t alone.
So whether you experience these tingling sensations or maybe just find them relaxing, or maybe you needed the words of encouragement I’ll be putting on there, I hope you enjoy them and find some peace and calming throughout your day.
Thanks for watching.