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Stress: Then and Now

The Art of Health

What evolved biologically in us as a defense mechanism is easily overwhelming us nowadays.🍁

Our ancestors either relaxed after they found safe shelter, or they were eaten up! Stress was, literally, a matter of life and death!🍁

In today’s world, the sources of stress are different and most are nowhere near as lethal, but our body reacts the same way as it did when we lived in the savannah. What has changed is that there are continuous triggers, and we do not get any break. A missed deadline, a traffic jam, the annual appraisal cycle, none of these are as potentially fatal as a rustle in the underbrush near a Homo habilis camp at night but we react to them as though they are, and these stressors are constantly attacking us. No surprise then, stress can significantly impact our health and trigger a number of diseases.🍁

However, we can hack the…

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About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.

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