Rahul, it would be good to try to learn to deal with stress better now. While the CFA is important, it shouldn’t be causing your blood pressure to go up. Stress ages you and causes illness. You will always have something stressful going on (especially working in finance) so I encourage you to deal with it now. Exercise, healthy diet, yoga etc can help, but your overall outlook and ability to see the bigger picture is what really matters.
Stress will do crazy things to your body. I am apparently suffering from something called central serous retinopathy that alters the vision in my right eye due to excess stress. Treatment is one pill a day that will clear things up over time with little to no side effects but somewhat scary. Now some of that stress is coming as a result of Level 2 of course but I also became a father last week so stress will come from both positive and negative sources. To better health for all.
In the short term, take deep breaths and let go. I find the best way is “karmanye vadhikaraste” or “do your best and don’t worry about outcomes that you cannot possibly control.” Yoga will help.
In the long term, stop eating samosas and start eating carrots. High fiber, baby!
I am one of those 40+ YOs you think are after young women (may be true) but my BP is 120/72 in spite of the life’s usual problems, which multiply when you stand on your own two feet, not eating mom-made gajar ka halwa at home.