Caring for a sick family member can be a huge stressor, causing inflammation that can lead to a whole host of health problems. Research has shown that caregivers who do a certain form of chanting yogic meditation every day can reduce their inflammation levels. Now scientists at UCLA have pinpointed why: Meditation actually affects the way almost 70 of inflammatory genes are expressed.

Even if you’re not a caregiver, stress might play too big of a role in your life. Chronic stress is risky for health, and can wreak havoc on your looks. In addition to meditation, sprinkle in relaxation during the week, such as hot baths or massages.