When a person has mitral valve prolapse syndrome (MVPS), stress management is vital. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) of an MVPS patient needs to stay balanced to keep away the nasty symptoms. I like to think of it as keeping the “dragon in the cave.”
An MVPS patient must know his/her limits. Otherwise, people will ask you to do more than you can handle. You will ask more of yourself than you can handle. You must be able to say no to whoever asks for your help when you are unable.
STICK TO LIMITS:
It’s easy to think of your limits or write them on paper, but to stick to them is another chapter of the story. You really want to attend a writing workshop or a quilter’s convention, but what are its hours? How many days does it entail? Can you provide the transportation? If the event is not within your limits, you must say no, realizing another event, book, or person will fulfill your need.
On the other hand, you cannot let fear grip you by the throat and not allow you to attend events or attempt exercises or go wherever you want. If you don’t know if you can cope with a 3-day conference, then maybe you should try. Go with a positive attitude. You don’t have to attend all the meetings. You can choose which ones to attend and rest when needed.
Whatever you do or not do, gauge your choices on the knowledge of your self and your freedom and limitations with MVPS. A doctor knows what to suggest only by what you tell him/her about yourself. For daily living, you must be your own wise guide.
Do you become exhausted in large gatherings? Then limit your time when you attend one. Do you become dizzy when bending down? Then raise yourself slowly. Does your heart race when you get angry? Then when you are angered, choose and practice how to express yourself with authority in a calm voice. Some must step away and rethink the situation rather than blast out their negative emotions.
Each situation is different, and an individual must attune to his/her personality to know how best to react. The point is to remain as balanced in emotions as possible for your stress management.
When I first had to deal with MVPS/D, I was a good example of how NOT to be. I stuffed my emotions inside. That never works. In time I grew to learn how to remain as settled inside as possible in a situation. And you will also as you live each day to the fullest.