Not to be overly presumptuous, but if you’re a person who’s alive in the world at 2018, there’s a good chance that sometimes, you need help calming down.
But barring a total geo-political overhaul — or various forms of self-medication — what can you do? In this week’s episode of The Upgrade, Alice and Melissa explore music that instantly calms them down; we interview ASMR expert Dr. Craig Richard about why videos of people speaking soothingly are so damn enjoyable; and Lifehacker health editor Beth Swkwarecki walks us through tried and true tips for calming down a kid who’s mid-tantrum.
In This Episode
Alice and Melissa compare notes about their go-to playlists for calming down (it will surprise no one that Iron & Wine make an appearance).
The Interview: Dr. Craig Richard, author of Brain Tingles and founder of ASMR University (11:00-43:10)
Lifehacker staff writer Nick Douglas joins Melissa to talk to Dr. Craig Richard about the history of ASMR, how to figure out if you’re part of the population that experiences ASMR, and why listening to a stranger online crinkling paper can give some of us a “brain orgasm.”
Five ways to stop a child’s temper tantrum (45:30-51:50)
Because screaming “calm down!” just doesn’t seem to work, Lifehacker health editor Beth Skwarecki walks us through five strategies for stopping your kid’s temper tantrum in its tracks.
Upgrade of the week (51:54-54:30)
Every week, we talk about the one tiny thing that’s making a big difference in our lives. This week, we talk about keeping track of where our credit card information is logged, embracing the planning portion of a holiday, and more.