What is ASMR? ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It is a physical feeling of a static or "tingle" that is extremely pleasurable and relaxing in response to an outside stimulus. But! It's not just physical either, it's also a mental state of relaxation that can calm or even put you to sleep. How to experience it? It is often experienced for the first time from real-life stimuli. For example, watching someone brush their hair or listening to someone tap their fingers against a desk. The most common way nowadays is to simply watch a YouTube video made by ASMRtists. Triggers are very important when it comes to feeling that "tingly" sensation. If you know your triggers, you can easily just search them up. But for many, they go without knowing what triggers them and this is why most people haven't a clue as to what ASMR feels like. However, you may be one of the unfortunate few who don't even experience ASMR! Examples of Triggers Hair Brushing Massage Finger Tapping Scratching Whispering Ear Cupping Page Turning Clay molding Scissor sounds Chewing and many MANY more! What does it help? ASMR can help with Anxiety, Emotional Irregularity, Sleep Problems, and even just a plain ol' bad day. Anxiety is one of the main reasons why people watch it. It can really help with calming you down to a controlled state of mind. However, the number one reason why people watch ASMR is for sleep. Plugging in your ear buds at night with your favorite ASMR video on will put you out like a light. My Experience You don't have to stay for this part if you don't want to. This is just me sharing my experience and why I love ASMR so much! So, I discovered ASMR near the end of 2015. I was one and a half years deep into a relationship. Now, this relationship wasn't the greatest but it also wasn't the best. I don't regret it and I learned many lessons from it. Also, because of it, I discovered ASMR for myself. So I'm not bashing the relationship in any way. However, I went many nights emotionally exhausted and depressed. I already struggle with my mental, as many of us do. So when my relationship was struggling, it really struck my core hard. Home life wasn't too great either and I didn't want to bother any of my friends with my problems. So, I came up with an idea. I remembered when I was little, my dad would comb his fingers through my hair to help me fall asleep. I figured you could find anything on YouTube. I searched for "hair combing" but ending up coming across "hair brushing" made by ASMRtist Whispers Red. At first, I thought it was a little weird. Why would someone record themselves brushing someone else's hair? But as I continued to watch the video, it happened. An enormous wave of "tingles" ran through my body completely random. That was the first of many nights to come that I fell asleep to an ASMR video. Throughout the next few years after that discovery, I continued to struggle with relationships and friends. The only constant was ASMR and it really did help pull me through some extremely tough moments. Now, I'm in a very healthy relationship. My home life is wonderful. I have everything to be thankful for. I still do struggle with my mental occasionally, but I'm definitely improving. :') Whoever created ASMR is an absolute godsent.