There’s Two Sides To Every Stressed Out Blogger

hammockI was bored waiting for the mechanic to call, Modern Philosophers, so I decided to take a walk to pop in on my PCP, Dr. Jekyll.

It was gnawing at me that I’ve been so stressed out this Winter, and the doc said I should drop by any time I wanted to talk about ways to combat that.

I wasn’t surprised to find Dr. Jekyll out of the office.  I say that because his business partner and office mate, Mr. Hyde, who is also my Physical Therapist, was there.  I have never seen the two of them together.  I used to think they hated each other, and staggered their schedules to combat that issue peacefully, but after getting to know them both, I realized they really had a genuine affection for each other.

My new theory was that they were a couple, and for some reason, they felt they needed to keep that a secret.  To further that theory, I had the sub-theory that they were so hopelessly in love that they couldn’t resist public displays of affection, and so, they could never be in the office together if they wanted to keep their secret.

Since Hyde didn’t have a client at the time, I accepted his offer to and chat.  Even though I’d never really talked about my stress issues during my PT sessions, he seemed to know enough about them.  Had I been the victim of a little pillow talk?  (I’m throwing that out there because it helps my theory!)

no stress“Jekyll has an interesting theory about stress,” Hyde started, and I swore his eyes lit up at the mention of his partner’s name.  “He says we have an ‘Inner Bodyguard’, a protector inside us that likes to flare its nostrils, flex its muscles, and let out a primal roar anytime we sense danger.”

“I’d call that rage,” Hyde continued with a chuckle, “but he insists that this other side to our persona is truly there, and knows to remain dormant until the time is right.  He believes stress is our body’s way of awakening the beast within, the distress call that tells our inner bodyguard to put us on high alert until we are out of harm’s way.”

We both laughed, but it was more a nervous laughter than an all out “That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard” kind of laugh.

It kind of made sense.  I’d been feeling threatened all Winter.  Driving in the snow makes me fear for my safety.  The leaking roof, flooded bathroom, and frozen pipes had me afraid that The House on the Hill was going to cave in around me.  I’ve really been feeling alone and missing The Girl Who Always Settles Me.   So my stress has just been rising up to keep me from being a defenseless wuss that life can kick around like a little rag doll?

bodyguard011“Dr. Jekyll would think so,” Mr. Hyde replied with a nod.  “If he were here now, he’d probably tell you to stop fighting your stress and allow it to do the fighting for you.  I’m just not sure if that’s the best advice.”

That intrigued me.  Usually, Jekyll and Hyde are so simpatico when they spoke, albeit it separately, about their philosophies.

I asked Hyde what advice he’d give me.  “I do agree with Jekyll to some extent,” he begrudgingly admitted.  “I’m more of the hopeless romantic, though.  You spoke earlier about  how you missed {name redacted} and the way she could always settle you.  I believe that we all have a better half, who knows how to calm, soothe and take care of us.  I think that stress is our mind’s way of nudging us to go find that yin to our yang.”

Another great theory.  Being a hopeless romantic myself, I wanted to side with Hyde on this one.  All this stress I’d been feeling was my brain’s suggestion to stop sitting around by myself and do something to get my heart some companionship.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“No matter with theory you believe,” Hyde pointed at himself to indicate that his was the correct one, “there’s no switch on your neck that allows you to turn the stress on and off.  It’s always going to be there.  You just need to come up with a plan for how to deal with it when it presents itself.”

For that reason, Modern Philosophers, I chose the graphic of a hammock on a beach to start off this post.  When stress pays a visit, I’m going to see if I can send myself to that hammock to slowly rock in the summer breeze until the stress leaves.

I’m not sure if it will work, but after my chat with Mr. Hyde, I had a lot more to think about, and a head full of Deep Thoughts left less room for stress…

Whose theory do you prefer, Modern Philosophers?  Do you side with Dr. Jekyll, or are you more of a Mr. Hyde in this scenario?  Do you think neither theory holds water?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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25 Responses to There’s Two Sides To Every Stressed Out Blogger

  1. I think both are right to an extent. Sometimes it’s one, and other times it’s the other. The hard part is figuring out which one is right for you at the time – while your brain is all stressed out!

  2. Just don’t sit on me when you get there because I am currently embedded into the netting of this hammock. I’ll give you a turn (5 minutes max).

  3. Looking at another person for this role ha never worked for me – other people have bad days too…. I’ve always had dogs & find they give a whole new level to stress relief without even trying

  4. treyzguy says:

    Even on a hammock you’re technically swinging on a rope…..That didn’t come across as well as I thought

  5. ksbeth says:

    i’m with hyde, hit the hammock

  6. floridaborne says:

    I still think you should ride the gargoyle express to a tropical paradise and enjoy a few days listening to the warm ocean waves lapping onto a white, sandy beach.

  7. Almost Iowa says:

    That explains so much!!

    I complained about my internet service during my hair-cut at Great-Clips. It never occurred me that she might be having a thing with the cable-guy. Now I have to sneak into Starbucks to blog.

  8. susielindau says:

    I need to get a hammock like that one! It’s so great you paid them a visit. Now I must go outside and shovel!

  9. gimpet says:

    I have had intense anxiety since my dad died. My heart pounds, my body shakes and I cant sit still. It is a terrible affliction that is driving me nuts. It happens even when I don’t feel anxious. Getting into a car though about sends me down the drain with fear so I understand your feelings of stress. I have antianxiety meds that do work pretty well but I hate having to take a pill to survive the day. I hope you find a way to deal with your stress and if you do, blog about it. There are plenty readers who feel the stress with you!

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