We need good concentration and memory at every age and every stage of life. Regardless of whether we’re studying for an important exam or trying to remember how to get from one place to another, these abilities determine whether or not we’ll succeed in our mission. One of our strongest enemies in this struggle is stress, which negatively affects our concentration and memory.
However, you can turn this calm into a regular part of your life while focusing and refining your concentration and memory skills with 8 pressure points that will improve your mental abilities using only your hands.
In Chinese culture, the third eye is believed to be a "mystical organ" responsible for clairvoyance. According to the Chinese, the third eye point helps improve concentration and, memory, and also helps to treat symptoms of influenza, such as fever, blocked nose, and nasal congestion headaches.
The point lies between the eyebrows, in the area between the bridge of the nose and the forehead. Press the spot gently for 3-4 minutes and repeat 2-3 times a day.
The use of this pressure point is especially recommended for students preparing for tests – massaging it helps to get rid of the feeling of exhaustion that comes with memorizing a large amount of material, improves concentration and encourages mental clarity. In addition, you should massage it when facing a big and significant decision, as it will help you focus on the possibilities that are facing you.
You’ll find this point at the top of the foot, where the big toe and second toe bones meet. Press gently on the point on both feet at the same time for two minutes, and repeat three times a day.
This pressure point is used to reduce the feeling of pressure and pain in the head, which results from too many thoughts "running around" inside. It’s also used to cure a sore throat, and its massage helps to loosen the neck and improve blood flow to the brain.
The point is about 1 cm below the base of the skull and 3 cm from the spine on both sides. Place the index and middle finger on the two points and massage them for 7-8 minutes. Repeat the process three times a day to get the best results.
It's possible that your hands naturally massage your temples when you feel that your head is crammed with stressful thoughts or when it’s hard for you to think. Massaging these points helps improve memory and concentration, and prevents headaches, dizziness, and stress.
Gently press on your temples with two fingers, 1 cm from the outer edge of the eyebrows – for two minutes, three times a day.
Massaging this point helps to strengthen concentration and memory and provides clarity of thought. It also helps reduce symptoms of ulcers, inflammation of the small intestine, nausea,gas and swelling, and nourishes the body with energy in case of exhaustion.
The point is at a distance of 3 fingers below the knee, on the outside of the leg. Bend your knee and you’ll be able feel it when the muscle moves under your fingers. Press it for 5 minutes, once a day.
You can often witness children pressing this point when they feel stressed or worried, and that's because massaging it makes us focus on our thoughts better. In addition to improving concentration and memory, massaging this point also helps reduce menstrual pain and dizziness, and it is recommended to do it especially when you feel your head is not working at its best.
Place your finger under your nose and above the upper lip, in the center of your face. Gently press the point for two minutes every day, and if you do this regularly for four weeks, you will feel its effect noticeably.
If you suffer from memory problems, massaging these points is highly recommended for you. In addition to the beneficial effect of improving memory, it also helps to soothe headaches, so it is recommended to perform every time you experience pain that interferes with your daily functioning.
The points are right at the base of the skull, on either side of the spine. Place your fingers on them and feel the hollow in the skull – you’ll find them there. Rub the area gently for 2-3 minutes and repeat three times a day.
This point comes not from Chinese medicine, but from reflexology, and you don’t even have to use your fingers to massage it and get the benefits it provides. The left toe will affect the right side of the brain and the right toe will affect the left side, but it is recommended to massage both at the same time to obtain clarity of mind.
Move your thumb on the underside side of the big toe and massage all of it for 1-2 minutes. Repeat the process every day, and if you want to improve your concentration while working or learning, just rub your toe into your shoe and use the floor to resist it.
If you really want to improve your memory and concentration, you may want to massage these points every day for several weeks regularly. You can feel their effect significantly after four weeks, and you’ll see how easy it is to help our body and mind be at their best.