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The Power of Asmr

The Power of Asmr

Relaxation comes in different forms. One very particular form is termed ASMR and it stands for: Auto Sensory Meridian Response. This phenomena is characterized by a pleasurable tingling sensation in various areas. These include the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body.

Furthermore, these responses are auditory, tactile, olfactory, visual, or cognitive. The tingles they give you are utterly amazing and beneficial to the body.

You will find so many ASMRs that are helping people out on a daily basis – and helping them keep a smile on their faces.

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People who report having ASMR have different forms of triggers enabling them in experiencing their personal peace and comfort of body, soul, and mind. Each person identifies with a different trigger. Some of these triggers include but are not limited to: typing, whispering, brushing hair, cleaning, etc. It is wonderful that small things like these can help someone achieve a sense of freedom from their anxiety.

A few regard this a hoax, claiming there is no “scientific evidence;” however, having experienced ASMR myself, I can vouch the fact that it aids in keeping you calm and loving yourself.

So… why is ASMR helpful?

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1. Relaxation Technique

The first thing that comes to my mind is relaxation after a long, stressful, and strenuous day. Listening to the positive affirmations that some of the ASMR’s on YouTube say directed towards you gives you a feeling of being special as well as being “welcomed.”

If you hear “GentleWhispering” — her screen name, but real name is Maria — you will be transported to another world of calmness and peace that is truly magical. It makes you calm and feel special. Now who doesn’t want that?

Her videos have fetched over 87 million YouTube views. Though ASMR is controversial it is widely popular amongst people who find it appealing. For me, it is a relaxation technique that helps me sleep and forget about current problems. Maria says that she is not after money or fame, but ASMR was something that got her out of her depression and struggles. She truly is an inspiration for so many people.

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2. A Different Style Of Meditation

There are so many different types of meditation. However, the term “meditation” is anything that relaxes the human soul. In a way, that comforts and calms the mind down at the same time. What is better than relaxing after a long day’s hard work? Absolutely nothing.

It isn’t any sort of yoga, but just gives you a sort of relief and reassurance that “You are beautiful. You are perfect. And you do not have to change. As you are perfect the way you are. People will love you for the way you are and not as someone they want to make or create.” This is why I specifically and specially like Maria’s videos.

3. Makes For A Harmonious Balance

The cool and calm style the ASMR’s display helps you get in touch with yourself as an individual. Why wouldn’t you want to get in touch with yourself? All days are never the same- some good and some bad. On the bad ones, ASMR can create a positivity inside you that radiates throughout the entire body.

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The words the ASMR artists say is truly magical and uplifting. It makes you feel like a free spirit.

Quite contrary to belief, ASMR is joyful. It provides an escape from everyday problems and the words of wisdom are helpful to bring your mind back in a relaxed state.

4. Get To Discover A Variety Of Triggers

Because every person involves a different set of triggers, you get to discover what it is that truly triggers your senses to being you comfort and enjoy.

It truly is a magical experience in figuring out what it is that enables you to get peace and tranquility as these things are indispensable.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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