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 that 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 had 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, December 5 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2020/11/autonomous-sensory-meridian-response-asmr-for-depression