I spoke with Ashley Flores, a licensed acupuncturist and acupuncture expert to learn which pressure points are most likely to give you a mood boost. “The biggest ones that I recommend to clients a lot are on the Pericardium channel, which is on the inside of the wrist,” she says. There are several pressure points along this channel, including Pericardium 5, 6, 7, and 8. (This diagram can help you identify each point.)
Here’s what you do: “Using the thumb of the opposite hand… massage in a circular way, moving the thumb down toward the palm an inch at a time, pressing each one of those points down to the center of the palm.” You can press for about 30 seconds to a minute at each point, Flores says. “Those are all points that are good for calming the spirit,” she explains.