Wow, it’s been four and a half months since my last blog post so I’m guessing best case, my readership has fallen by half; worst case, I’ll be writing this post to myself. But it’s not my fault, and if it’s any consolation it hasn’t been enjoyable at all. I’ve been under the gun the entire time and basically subsisting on some of the best local brownies and cookies, which is fun in the beginning but eventually gets gross. The crankiness and recurring headaches I’ve been having are probably signs that I’m reverting back to my old ways and should probably step back to take a breath. But this blogging hiatus and mini burn out has opened the doors for me to again contemplate stress and fundamental ways to prevent and counteract it, starting all the way back from Hans Selye.
Not to get too off track but I'm continuously amazed by Selye's knack for bringing together disparate pieces of data to produce unified ideas, principles, and theories. Of course an important by-product of this gift was that it laid down the basics for what eventually became understood as the generalized stress response — the idea that the hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal cortex pathway would become activated regardless of the quality or nature of a stressor.