ASMR…? What is that?

So I’ve had a few people this week ask me what ASMR is and why I like ASMR Youtube videos so much… πŸ™‚

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in the back of the head or neck, or another part of the body, in response to some sort of sensory stimulus. That stimulus could be anything, but over the past few years, a subculture has developed around YouTube videos’ (Etchells, 2016)

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I have found since I was little that I absolutely LOVE listening to baths running/filling up. I don’t know what it is about them but I find it super calming and I also get a weird tingly sensation on my head. Below are two links to my favourite bath filling ASMR Youtube videos. I listen to them before bed or when I need to listen to something in the background which isn’t music (e.g when I’m essay writing….ugh).

Bath fillingΒ &Β Bath running

There are also other ASMR videos like people whispering, people recording sound effects or making sounds with everyday items (e.g crumpling up paper).Β Have you ever heard of ASMR videos / the sensation before? Do you have a favourite type? Let me know in the comments below πŸ™‚

Loud Environments 😱

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Why restaurants are hard for me to cope with:

  1. Atmospheric music. Just nope. I don’t need music to eat to.
  2. They generally involve crowded environments – think chairs squished together and travelling through a maze of them just to get to the nearest toilet.
  3. If its loud I don’t know when/ don’t get the feeling I’m full – weird I know right?
  4. I have to take loo breaks just to sit in the quiet for a bit….
  5. Loud prolonged noises are physically as well as mentally draining. Whoever I’m eating with tends to get a bit annoyed as I will zone out regularly and not hear what they are saying and I can’t think properly with loud noise so I find it hard to make conversation.
  6. I once went to a restaurant for a friends birthday which I thought would be okay because their would only be 4 of us – I get to the restaurant and it’s like a FLIPPING CLUB atmosphere inside – waiters yelling over loud reggae music and customers being misheard. NIGHTMARE. Add to the fact that there was crazy lighting meaning I couldn’t actually see what I was eating clearly (and having to eat new things) I can quite happily say I won’t be going there ever again!
  7. I have SO much trouble cutting my food up. I use my knife and fork the wrong way round anyway but I do not have any cutting skills. I look like a wally trying to cut through a pizza and struggling…
  8. I like to sit in my coat. Everyone asks me ‘why haven’t you taken your coat off yet?’ its because I’m comfortable and its like a thick layer of protection and stops people indent know brushing up too close to me. I sometimes even wear my coat indoors at home but I’m getting better at that.
  9. I can’t talk and eat that well. Its one or the other people…don’t expect both at the same time! πŸ˜‚
  10. So to sum up restaurants = hard for me.

Anyone else not a fan of restaurants? Or is there one restaurant you love and always go to?Let me know in the comments below πŸ˜‰

Oh by the way just in case you wondered…

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Valentines Day ❀️

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Hope everyone has had a nice weekend! My boyfriend has been away all this week which has kinda sucked especially on Valentine’s day – but I’ve had to work all weekend anyway!

Where is your favourite place to go on a date / where would be your ultimate place to go on a date? (anyone can answer this no matter if you are single or in relationship!) Im a stay-at-home-watch-a-film kind of girl πŸ˜‚ let me know in the comments below!

Lent 🍭

So…as you can probably tell from my image above I’ve given up chocolate and sweets for lent. I give them up each year for lent but this year it’s only day 2 and it’s already a struggle!

I think I use chocolate and sweets to give me quick bursts of energy as I always seem to be lacking it. I also love doing uni work and having a sucky or chewy sweet at the same time it almost kind of helps me concentrate and makes me happy.

So I’m totally missing them as a great kind of distraction for my mouth (almost like a sensory tool) as well as the fact they are always give me energy especially near uni deadlines (of which there are currently many…!)

Has anyone else given up anything for lent or given something up as a New Years resolution? Let me know in the comments below ☺️