100+ Subscribers and First 1K Views on a Single ASMR Video, Wow!

I’m taking the holidays off so haven’t been posting much content this week, but I wanted to take a second to give a big thank you to everyone who has subscribed and viewed my ASMR videos so far! I can’t believe I already have over 100 subscribers, this is awesome! 😀

I hope you guys are having a relaxing holiday season. I’ve eaten a ton of chocolate peanut butter balls, and I’m so enthused about that. Aww yesssss.

Anyway, here’s my most popular ASMR video to date!

How to Meditate with ASMR

After I drove into our garbage bin five times in one day and then plowed my mom’s car through our garage door before heading off to college, my parents advised me to do my best to just… try to stay put and not move around too much when I got there.

My spatial awareness isn’t great, so when it came to choosing college PE classes that wouldn’t lead to general destruction I focused on ones that were slow-paced. Ones that didn’t involve moving objects. And that’s how I found myself in a mindfulness meditation class, holding very still.

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The thing that surprised me most about my meditation class was learning that nearly anything can be a mindfulness exercise. As one of our assignments, each week we would choose an everyday activity and make a commitment to doing that activity with our full attention. We would brush our teeth, for example, paying attention to the feel of the toothbrush bristles on each individual tooth. Or we would do the dishes by hand, focusing on the weight and texture of each item. This was all in the spirit of being present in the moment.

It turns out that mindfulness meditation doesn’t have to be glamorous or esoteric. You don’t have to sit cross-legged on the floor or even close your eyes to meditate and be mindful. You just have to be aware.

As the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, says:

If you are cutting carrots, you should invest one hundred percent of yourself into the business of carrot-cutting. Nothing else. While cutting the carrot, please don’t try to think of the Buddha or anything else. Just cut the carrot in the best way possible, becoming one with the carrot, becoming one with the cutting. Live deeply that moment of carrot-cutting.

The more I produce content for my ASMR channel, the more I’m realizing that certain kinds of ASMR content make fantastic material for mindfulness meditation. And I’m saying this both as an ASMR content creator and as well as someone who watches ASMR videos to fall asleep.

In terms of making ASMR videos, I’m finding that I have to approach filming as a mindfulness exercise in order to slow down enough to be effective. I approach this the same way I would approach any other meditation: Slow down, pay attention to my breathing, check in with what my body feels like, and — in the case of ASMR — do my best to fully engage with whatever object is in front of me. I have to let go of any distractions, just letting them float by in the proverbial river of thought. But I also have to stay engaged and present, making sure not to zone out. Zoning out makes my face go blank, and that’s just awkward to watch.

As for watching ASMR, I think it’s a great way to explore mindfulness meditation if that’s the intention that you want to bring to a particular video. Roleplays aside, ASMR videos don’t typically have a plot. This makes them an excellent form of media for helping you focus on the present rather than make predictions about the future. Instead of worrying about how the video will end, you can simply enjoy the ASMR sensations as they occur.

In that spirit, here are a few ASMR triggers paired with common mindfulness meditation techniques:

Tapping, scratching, crinkling, or other object-focused videos:

A common mindfulness meditation technique is to choose an object and then spend several minutes contemplating the various qualities of that object. What does it look like? How does it sound? There’s no particular end result that you’re trying to achieve — it’s simply a way to focus your attention. During an ASMR video, you might want to focus on the sound qualities of a particular object. Are the sounds loud? Crisp? Repetitive? If your mind wanders, bring it back to focusing on the sounds that the object makes.

Roleplay videos:

I think there are a few ways to use a roleplay ASMR video as a meditation exercise. One way would be to practice visualization during an ASMR roleplay. Where is the roleplay taking place? Can you imagine what your surroundings look like? What smells and textures would you encounter? I don’t think that visualization actually falls under the umbrella of being a mindfulness practice (i.e., focusing on the present), but it does work well as a meditation tool.

A more mindfully-based roleplay meditation approach would be to a body-scanning exercise. This would work well for ASMR makeup or medical roleplays where the ASMR-tist is guiding your attention to different parts of your body. For example, during a makeup application roleplay, bring your full attention to whatever part of your face the makeup is being “applied” to. Focus on releasing stress and fully relaxing that part of your body before moving on to the next part.

And, of course, there are some ASMR videos created specifically for meditation purposes! In my experience, these are often guided meditations created to help you release negative thoughts and relax.

Knitting ASMR and Slow TV

…and in case you’re wondering what I’m making, it’s a baby hat! I make them in my downtime and donate to a local hospital.

I’m not sure where I found the original pattern, but it’s something like this.

I think I maybe knit a bit too quickly to be relaxing for ASMR? I’m not entirely sure about this video, but here it is. 🙂

Speaking of knitting, I’m not sure that it really qualifies as ASMR, but here’s a Norwegian “Slow TV” show featuring –as they describe it — “12 hours of non-stop knitting.”

I’ve really been enjoying Slow TV lately. It’s very meditative, often featuring long processes such as traveling, chopping wood, or making crafts. I find that I get sort of immersed in it, and it’s very relaxing. Just generally very cozy!

(If you want more Slow TV, I also recently really enjoyed this video of a train ride from Bergen, Norway to Oslo, Norway.)

A Simple ASMR Tapping Video

Just an ASMR video of me tapping on a pink salt lamp to help you sleep!

I got this particular lamp at my local health food store, and it’s one of my favorite items. It’s the only light that I use before bed since the pink salt filters out any blue light. (Which is important because blue light interferes with melatonin production, and melatonin is an important hormone for regulating your body’s sleep schedule.)

My dog also seems to like it — normally she makes old dog groaning noises at me until I shut my bedroom lights off at night, but she’ll happily curl up by this one and take a nap. The salt gets pleasantly warm after the lamp has been on for a while, so maybe that feels good to her on a cold winter’s night.

What is ASMR?

Did you ever play the “egWoman listening to ASMR.g game” as a child? The one where you close your eyes while a friend pretends to crack an egg over your head, giving you the sensation that the yolk is running down the back of your neck and over your shoulders? If so, then you’ve already experienced ASMR (otherwise known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)!

ASMR is often explained as a pleasant tingling or relaxing sensation that starts at the top of the head and spreads down over the shoulders and back. Common ASMR triggers include hearing the sound of scissors while having a haircut, watching a person concentrate on a mundane task, hearing tapping or scratching sounds, or receiving personal attention (like getting your makeup done). A lot of people report that they originally experienced ASMR while watching Bob Ross’ painting tutorials on TV.

There has been very little research on ASMR so far, so it’s hard to say what causes the tingling, relaxing sensation of ASMR. Some researchers have noticed that a relatively higher number of people who experience ASMR also self-report experiencing synesthesia (e.g., “tasting” colors or “seeing” music) compared to the general population, leading to speculation that ASMR could be related to synesthesia.* In other words, certain sounds might be activating your sense of touch, causing you to feel as though the sounds are physically touching you.

Whatever causes the sensation of ASMR, it has a lot of potential as a relaxation aid. A number of videos have been created in  the past few years with the purpose of triggering ASMR, and many people use these videos to relax or to temporarily ease anxiety, depression, or even chronic pain.

If you want to learn more about the science and history behind ASMR, ASMR University has a number of interesting articles.

If you’re interested in exploring the world of ASMR videos, visiting the ASMR subreddit is a great place to start. Different people have different ASMR “triggers,” so it may take some time to find what works for you!

 

*Specifically, 5.9% of study participants who experience ASMR also reported experiencing synesthesia compared to 4.4% of the general population, although this was not a statistically significant difference.