"It is becoming increasingly clear that psychosocial stress can manifest as system-wide perturbations of cellular processes, generally increasing oxidative stress and promoting a pro-inflammatory milieu ... The Relaxation Response is clinically effective for ameliorating symptoms in a variety of stress-related disorders including cardiovascular, auto-immune and other inflammatory conditions and pain."
Genomic Counter-Stress Changes Induced by the Relaxation Response
Jeffery A. Dusek, et al.
This research found that doing 20 minutes of relaxation a day for eight weeks achieved more or less the same beneficial effects as were seen in people who had a long history of meditating.
I'm sure there are lots of 20 minute relaxation protocols available from all sorts of people and places. This one is mine. (It's a minor variation on my Anatomically Correct Progressive Relaxation but, in this instance, is hypno-free.)
If you fancy sticking with it for eight weeks, do let me know how you get on.
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