You do have control over your mood. Believe it! Here’s a little acupressure to help you quickly lift your spirits.

Acupressure involves activating specific trigger points on the body along pathways called “meridians” or “acupoints.” These specific points correspond to troubled areas in the body, and applying pressure (usually with your thumbs, fingers or palms) engages the body’s natural self-curing abilities. The acupoints often have ancient descriptive names, such as Joining the Valley and Mind Clearing.

Pressing the Inner Gate acupoint can reduce emotional upset—such as anxiety, depression and irritability—in only two to three minutes.

Location: On the inner side of the forearm, three finger widths up (toward the elbow) from the center of the wrist crease, in between two thick tendons.

What to do: Place your thumb on this point and your fingers directly behind the outside of the forearm between the two bones. Squeeze this slowly and firmly, hold for two to three minutes, while breathing deeply. Repeat on the other arm for the same amount of time.

This acupressure exercise can also help: Carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia and nausea.

Thanks to Dr. Michael Reed Gach, founder of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California, for this remedy.

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