It’s been on my mind recently, mostly the feeling of trying to comprehend my existential purpose in life. As a hormonal teenager, currently going through my final year of sixth form education, this is an expected feeling shared with minds like mine. I’m sure you can empathise with me if you’ve ever gone through further education. The ways in which we cope with the worries and contemplations of the future are definitely subjective and personal, however focusing on your mind, just stopping for a second and taking care of yourself instead of trying to please others and the system can be exceptionally beneficial. This can be done through performing yoga, writing your doubts in a notebook or simply just taking a walk outside. The simplicities of life are, in most cases, the ones that are the most healing. Of course, suppressing worries and negative thoughts can be a lot easier than talking to a loved one because you have full control. Once these thoughts are revealed to the world, things start to become harder to navigate and focus is lost. However, I’d like to think that if we promote mindfulness and self-care in schools, online or even in the workplace, we can start to take care of ourselves first as a priority and then have guidance in making sure we have the option to speak out if that is helpful to you.
You’ve probably heard of ASMR right? A phenomenon in the YouTube community that is quite popular nowadays. It’s no longer a vague, fantasy-like adventure with haircut roleplays and torture chambers that you’ll casually stumble across on your recommended list; it’s now therapeutic. An alleviation of the effects of insomnia, depression and stress. When ASMR is taken seriously, it no longer becomes a taboo topic and it should never be an embarrassing thing to enjoy and embrace. So as an advocate of self-care, I thought I’d share with you 3 of my favourite Korean ASMRtists that I hope you’ll check out and enjoy! I’ve included a link to my favourite video and also a link to a Christmas themed video too, to get you into the spirit (in a relaxing way of course!). They all have a plethora of content and if you’ve never experienced ASMR before, here is the official definition:
“Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a calming, pleasurable feeling often accompanied by a tingling sensation. This tingle is said to originate in a person’s head and spread to the spine (and sometimes the limbs) in response to stimulation. The stimuli that trigger ASMR vary from person to person.”
ASMR Ppomo has nearly 1.6 million subscribers and she is probably the most popular Korean ASMRtist, maybe even in the whole ASMR community. She is known for not showing her entire face, leaving a sense of mystery amongst fans. She is also known for producing long videos and due to her large amount of content, she does livestreams promoting her videos whether they be old or new ones. I love her content because of the sheer length of them and her microphones are sensitive too. She takes great care in making sure every sound and scenery is perfectly relaxing and appropriate!
DanaASMR hasn’t got a subscriber count on her channel but she has a total of 181,661,229 views from her videos, which can only mean that she is popular in the ASMR community. She uses a variety of microphones but my favourites are the Lewitt LCT 550s she uses. These microphones are a bit more sensitive than ASMR Ppomo’s which allows for a more clean, distinct sound that doesn’t sound harsh at loud frequencies. I recently discovered her, despite the fact that she has been creating ASMR for quite a long time! DanaASMR really thinks about the setting in her videos and creating an atmosphere which I think is very important.
BabziASMR has 228,088 subscribers’ and has less videos compared to the ASMRtists mentioned previously and his microphones aren’t as advanced in his older videos, but they are definitely still of a high quality. His older videos include more traditional triggers like mouth sounds, tapping and roleplays. As shown in his newer videos, you can see that he has recently got new mics and his newer content is more based on mukbang. This is great for people who love eating sounds, but you do get hungry watching them so beware!
Emily Stokes is a sixth form student currently studying English Language, Spanish and Music. In her free time, she likes to play video games and listen to music. She is also a social media promoter/marketer from Radio Kimchi UK, a platform that aims to promote Korean culture and music via a weekly radio show.
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