Stress can cause numerous health issues. Recent studies have indicated that people who stress a lot, don’t live as long as people who don’t stress. Meaning, stress is literally killing you. Stress also can make you gain weight, develop social issues and even hinder you from doing daily activities. Studies have indicated that one of the best ways to relieve stress is through ASMR.
- Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response or ASMR is a newly recognized stress relieving method. In most people, ASMR is experienced as the tingling sensation that starts from their head and runs down the spine. However, this is not the common “shiver down the spine” sensation since this feeling is always following by a complete sense of calmness and stress relief. Some people also experience it as a tingling sensation at the back of their head or even as a mild tightening in the throat. Regardless of how it is felt, currently it is unofficially considered as the most effective way to relieve stress. ASMR can be triggered either internally or externally.
Internal ASMR is a term for those who can experience asmr voluntarily. Those who can trigger it on purpose usually do it by thinking of a specific speech pattern or remembering something very calming and enjoyable that they experienced before.
On the other hand, externally triggered ASMR is mostly involuntary and are caused by a number of external stimuli such as sound, smell or vision. The most common external trigger is lengthy instructions and the speech patterns used when someone explains something very obvious. Once these external triggers have been recognized, they can be used to trigger ASMR intentionally. Some such triggers could be exposure to slow and accented speech patterns, watching instructive and educational videos, listening to slow rhythmic and monotonous music, enjoying a piece of art, watching another person completing a task very attentively or even touching your head gently and continuously. There are also lots of ASMR trigger videos available online. The sensation may vary but the consequence is always the same: sudden and complete stress relieve.
- Another good stress reliever is doing something you naturally enjoy without thinking about it much. For most people it is listening to soft classical music. Cooking and taking a walk alone also helps. However, if you enjoy meditating this would help greatly. Meditating on a single piece of happy memory is very good stress reliever.
- The last quick reliever is exercise, especially doing cardio. Jogging for about 30 minutes is guaranteed to relieve any kind of mental stress but it is better not to over exert yourself since getting rid of mental stress in exchange of a fatigued physique is not healthy in any way.