Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) for Depression
Coping with depression is a daily battle. Depression recovery can take years, and there is no such thing as a « quick fix. » There are, however, things you can do to bring rapid relief in times of stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. For me, that relief has come in the form of « Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response » (ASMR) — a strange online phenomenon which has been a source of comfort and relaxation for millions since the mid-2000s, even though most people have no idea what it is.
What is ASMR and How Can it Help You to Cope with Depression?
« ASMR » refers to the tingly, calming sensation that some people experience in response to certain auditory triggers. If you have ever watched a Bob Ross painting tutorial and felt like you were going to fall asleep listening to his soothing voice, then congratulations, you experience ASMR!
I have always had a strong response to the sound of soft, gentle speaking voices, and would find myself seeking them out as a child, but didn’t understand their value as a tool for dealing with depression until years later, when, in a moment of great anxiety, I typed « soothing voices » into Youtube, and discovered a vast online community of people dedicated to creating relaxing content for people like me who find the sound of a soft whisper or a gently-murmured affirmation incredibly helpful in times of struggle.
The ASMR community is a free resource for people seeking relaxation and comfort, and I have found it to be immeasurably useful in helping me to deal with the feelings of panic and circular thoughts associated with depression. It is by no means a long-term solution or something that works for everyone, but it is a simple technique that you can rely on to bring short-term relief — and it might just have a big impact on your mental health.
Lear, J. (2020, November 16). Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) for Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, November 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2020/11/autonomous-sensory-meridian-response-asmr-for-depression