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Fear Of Missing Out Doesn’t Have To Lead To Addiction
So yesterday I saw on Twitter that ASMRplanet had a video call with one of the individuals who played a character from Supernatural. I definitely feel like that deserves a greater explanation haha, but she is probably working on some project she can’t talk about, or something, because why else would you be on a videochat with some famous dude? She even states in today’s video that she loves snow! That wasn’t what I was going to write, but she just happened to say that as I was writing that sentence. I love snow too. Love it. But I hate wind freeze. Hate it.
She states in the video that she had to tell this dude from Supernatural that she does ASMR…meaning the videochat wasn’t about ASMR? Am I correct? Really, that doesn’t matter, but it does make me think that today is a good day to talk about fomo. Do you know what FOMO is?
FOMO stands for Fear Of Missing Out, and it’s a real thing. There’s even a sweet song about it! I get fomo forsure. I think that the fear of missing out can lead to even more complex psychological issues, such as addiction, anxiety, and depression. Can addiction lead to PTSD? I am not a doctor, and I have only been to college for two months. Sometimes I consider that I would like to go back to school, but only if I was going to attend a University in person. I don’t do much seeking out of knowledge these days. I’m more about networking right now. All work and no play makes Chris experience FOMO.
I’m Chris…if you didn’t know. You probably knew.
Often times when I tell people about this website, they perk up at the mention of ASMR, but then they take a hard turn towards shy when I tell them it’s also about addiction recovery. However, I’d like to think this is the kind of blog anyone could read! I aim for their to be enough of an entertainment factor…which is kind of natural for me. I mean, this is how I write, is how I write, is how tf I write! ;; So when I tell people I write a blog about addiction recovery, I’ve learned that that can lead to immediate fomo. Fear of missing out on readership! If a blog is written on the internet, but no one shows up to read it, does it make an impact? Did you catch the reference to the age old phrase there? How many cultures and languages across the world have a similar variation of that phrase? If a tree falls in the forest but no one is around it hear it, does it make a sound?
Fear of missing out is deeper than what I have rambled about above. Can I talk about it from your point of view?? No, I can only talk about it from mine. I get fomo. A lot. Sometimes I live in a world of fomo to the point where it consumes me. Actually, and this was my intended talking point the whole time: I experience fomo due to the nature of my work. It’s hard to write about individuals finding success while I am struggling to find my own.
I create ASMR videos, but it’s not my main squeeze. Okay, I created one asmr video haha [but everyone tells me I should create more]. This blog is my main squeeze! Well, this website actually. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: quite soon this will be a platform for asmr, and not just a blog. The blog will remain, but it will not have the dedication of the front page. I’m designing an algorithm as we speak. Literally. I’m doing it in my head as I analyze every video I watch, and as I read every Tweet from an asmrtist. It’s our algorithm, not mine. Right now ASMR doesn’t have it’s own algorithm. Soon I plan to raise money and hire some programmers. But in the moment? I get fomo! ASMRplanet just passed 500k subscribers on YouTube! It’s more difficult than I’d like to admit writing about individuals who are finding success [monetarily speaking] while fighting to find my own. The only reason I don’t start fundraising [and achieve my own success] is because I don’t have any money to support myself in the way that is required to attend 100 meetings in 100 days – which might not be enough. If you are looking to support this website and the work I do, there are links at the bottom of every article. Actually, right now I only have a link to the ASMR Apparel shop, so if you want to support this website by purchasing a shirt, you totally should! I’m going to open up world-wide shipping right after I publish this article; I’ve been thinking about it for a week. That being said…maybe I’ll bring back donation links, incase someone wants to support my mission, but doesn’t necessarily want to buy a shirt. I’m open to other suggestions.
Do you find it difficult to read about addiction recovery from an individual who talks so graciously about a life after addiction? But thizzle what it izzle – I ain’t never gonna get over addiction. Cannabis, Coffee, Travel and Love; these are my forever addictions. Oh, and work. I’m addicted to work; and stress. Everything I just listed has it’s demonic counterpart! With cannabis, I can get lost in the sauce, or I can lose the sauce completely and then be forced to live the sauceless life against my own will. I’m living sauceless right now. I’m currently going through my longest period of not consuming cannabis since my trip to Asia. Except this time, I don’t have the constant bombardment of new and foreign stimuli to keep me distracted and occupied. I spend a lot of time feeling bad for myself, but I power through it. I have a feeling I would not have as serious of mood swings, or as dark of days had I not allowed myself to be consumed by addiction, and specifically alcoholism. You have a choice. You are not powerless over your addiction! You are powerful! I’ve talked to many addicts…mostly on public buses, across the nation from San Francisco to Miami, and they all tell me the same thing: It was really fun when I was doing all those drugs, you know? But I could never have predicted how it would affect my emotions. Some days are really hard man, but I stay alive and I don’t get high anymore.
Coffee has it’s demonic counterpart, and it manifests, for me at least, as high anxiety. I’m addicted to consumption. I must consume things. It’s something I actively work to control everyday, because what happens is, when I don’t have the substances I wish to consume [cannabis, coffee, travel, and love], I end up consuming things I don’t have any desire to consume. Call that lack of self control if you will, but my brain is not your brain. I don’t drink alcohol or do hard drugs, and honestly coffee doesn’t make me feel the same as I’m used to when I don’t pair it with smoking reefer, but coffee is cheap and readily available, and I consume it for continuity. Two cups daily is my limit, and my limit is not forced. Two cups I consume consumes me, to what avail? The ask what for? All I say is nevermore.
Travel and love? Oh jeez! If I ramble on too far today I will not hit my goal of publishing by 08:00am. Travel and love are topics for a different day. As well as addictions to work and stress. I’ll be bringing on Practical Paige to assist in those discussions. It’s safe to say they are not the same as cannabis and coffee. One is green and the other brown, but travel and love are more profound.
One thing I know forsure? I Love YOU! I mean seriously – You are loved. You are loved by more than just me, I am sure of that, but if you haven’t heard it in a while, this is your reminder. But if you don’t love yourself? Shitttt; it’s easy for me to love you! But for those closer to you? If they see you getting down on yourself all the time, it will make it difficult for them to pronounce their love for you. Love is a powerful emotion, and it causes people to act weird. It causes people to blow up and shut down. You can not allow yourself to be guided by love, and instead, you must find a way to guide it yourself. This is why it’s last on my list. It’s the most powerful of all my addictions, and I treat it as such.
x. Chris Armstrong
Everyday Sobriety Advice
I am a recovered alcoholic/drug addict, but I am not a qualified addiction counselor. To help other alcoholics/addicts achieve sobriety, I have created the mantra’s below. Although I call them “steps,” I believe that all four mantra’s should be recited in concurrence.
When the urge to drink alcohol or use drugs comes upon you, I suggest reciting these four steps, and then implementing an activity to “kill time” until your urge to use drugs/alcohol is less intense. I suggest you use ASMR videos to “kill time”
Good luck, My Friend
Below are the steps of admittance required for using The ASMR.Community Sobriety Program [ACSP] successfully.
Step 1: “Sobriety is a choice, and it is up to me to make the right choice.”
Step 2: “Not everybody will be able to achieve sobriety, but that knowledge does not prevent my success regarding sobriety.”
Step 3: “The urge to imbibe (substances that I know will prevent my success) is finite. Sometimes the urge will exist, sometimes the urge will not exist.”
Step 4: “Sobriety is not the same for everyone. Success is.”
I believe the steps I listed above are a complete, non-exclusionary list of all mental admissions needed to achieve your goals regarding sobriety.
Everybody’s definition of sobriety is different, but everybody’s definition of success is the same.
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If you would like to learn more, make sure to read our Philosophy Of Addiction Recovery 1.
For more daily support, check out Sober James on YouTube. He does a livestream every night at 21:00 Eastern Standard Time, and his live streams are a great place to receive support, gain motivation, and listen to encouragement in regard to addiction recovery. His program is based on the Twelve Steps.
SMART Recovery is another great program for individuals who are ready to tackle their addictions.
If you are seeking spiritual guidance, I highly encourage you to check out Tarot Reader ASMR. Her name is Amalia, and she is a kind-hearted individual with a skill for bringing us closer to ourselves.
Don’t underestimate the power of Yoga! Specifically Yoga With Adriene. My shoulder is broken, and so you can do some Yoga for me too. I really wish I could…
If you are looking or more information about ASMR, I’ve found the best place to learn about the subject is ASMR University. Their information is accurate [to the best of my knowledge], and plentiful. I mostly work with the application of ASMR, but there is a whole lot more to ASMR than using it to gain sobriety or fall asleep, including the history and the science of it.
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