When You Feel Overwhelmed, Give ASMR A Try & Watch One Of These 4 Calming Videos

Have you ever experienced that wonderful, tingling sensation near the crown of your head after hearing someone whisper, or crinkle a bag, or cut through construction paper? Well, there's a name for that, my friends; it's something called an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR). And simulating these weirdly feel-good experiences is a straight-up phenomenon on the internet these days — so much so that there are even ASMR videos that help with stress, made especially for those moments during your day when you just need to check out of real life for a second, and lose yourself in a strangely calming YouTube video, instead.

Now, as you might have already gathered, ASMR can be kind of hard to describe. According to research published in the scientific journal PLOS One, ASMR refers to "the experience of tingling sensations in the crown of the head, in response to a range of audio-visual triggers such as whispering, tapping, and hand movements."

But the coolest thing about ASMR is that it really can shift what's going on in your mind and body in a positive, calming, stress-relieving way. In the PLOS One study, the researchers wrote,

Findings indicate that ASMR is a reliable and physiologically-rooted experience that may have therapeutic benefits for mental and physical health.

The one catch here, the researchers pointed out in the study, is that the stress relief effects of ASMR only happen in people who experience the phenomenon (i.e. researchers aren't quite sure why, but not everyone can experience ASMR). But if you're someone who does experience ASMR in response to the right triggers, the study found that the phenomenon is "associated with reduced heart rate and increased skin conductance levels." In other words, there's a very real, bodily reduction in stress that can happen when it comes to ASMR.

Now, are ASMR videos a little odd? I'm going to go ahead and answer that with my own opinion and say, yes, y'all, they are. But as someone who experiences that little brain tingle, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to give yourself the gift of watching or listening to a little ASMR. Here are a few videos to get you started.

Get Checked Into A Hotel For Like, An Hour
WhispersRed ASMR on YouTube

At the imaginary "Dreams Hotel," you'll enjoy a relaxing check-in with the lovely Emma Smith — aka WhispersRed ASMR on YouTube — who will comfort you after your long travels, offer you beverages and a variety of pillows, and all the while, she'll softly type on her computer, never raising her voice above a whisper.

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy Some Inaudible Whispers
Gentle Whispering ASMR on YouTube

Gentle Whispering ASMR is one of the most popular ASMR creators on YouTube, and if you take a few minutes to go through some of her videos, you'll easily see why people are obsessed with her content. Trust me, it won't be hard to find a video to calm you down and relax when you're stressed out.

Take A Trip To The Spa
LauraLemurex ASMR on YouTube

LauraLemurex ASMR is here to give you a relaxing shoulder massage and facial, my friends — totally free of charge. If you're anything like me, getting an actual massage IRL can be a bit of an awkward experience, so if you're not into the idea of a stranger massaging your body, allow this YouTuber to simulate the stress-relieving experience through your laptop screen.

Listen To The Sound Of Opening Boxes
Random Sarah Grace on YouTube

The sounds of paper, rustling bags, and boxes opening can all trigger ASMR, and this video from Random Sarah Grace is a real goodie. She starts by tapping the box, brushing along the sides of it, and squeezing it. But, if you ask me, the real magic happens when she finally digs in and opens the box to reveal an object wrapped tightly in bubble wrap. I mean, come on — is there anything more satisfying in this world than the sound of bubble wrap being popped?