9 ASMR Videos To Watch When You’re Stressed Out

If you have done any sort of scrolling on YouTube or Instagram in the past year, you’ve probably come across quite a handful of clips with “ASMR relaxation” in the description. ASMR videos are a popular trend that many people have turned to in order to improve their overall sense of wellbeing. These ASMR videos to watch when you're stressed can help you deal with different stressful situations you might encounter.

ASMR stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response,” which is definitely a mouthful So many simply refer to ASMR as a “braingasm,” or “brain tingles.” It can be best described as a tingly, relaxing sensation that begins at the top of your head, and that makes its way down through your body. It’s often triggered by normal, everyday sounds — like the rustling of leaves, or someone tapping their nails on a desk. ASMR videos have become so popular, even celebs such as Zoe Kravitz and Cardi B have jumped on the bandwagon in recent months.

Though ASMR videos are en vogue, scientists don’t know exactly what this sought-after feeling. As fellow Bustle writer James Loke Hale reported, researchers have theorized ASMR is, in part, caused by genetics, and the sensation also may trigger the parasympathetic nervous system like acupuncture and yoga do. ASMR is also possibly linked to synesthesia — which Smithsonian Mag described as “the fascinating neurological condition in which people see numbers in color and ‘taste’ shapes.”

The underlying physiology of ASMR might not be fully understood yet, but recent studies have shown that these “brangasms” may actually be good for your health: A 2018 study conducted at the University of Sheffield found specifically that people who watched ASMR videos felt more relaxed, and had lower heart rates than study participants who did not watch the videos.

Everyone has different ASMR triggers, so finding videos that work for you can take a bit of searching. Whether you are stressed because of your relationships, nervous at a new job, or experiencing headaches, here are nine ASMR videos to help you handle all the feelings.