10 Ways To Manage Trading Stress


  1. Stay calm. Never trade position sizes that cause you increased anxiety. Stay within your comfort zone.
  2. Keep perspective. Keep in mind that one losing trade does not a failure make. If you are risking 1% of your trading capital, it should only be one of the next 100 trades.
  3. Stay comfortable. Make sure you are physically comfortable and relaxed while trading. Good posture, correct ergonomics, drinking and eating correctly, and staying mindful of your wellness are all critical to your success.
  4. Visualize.  Your future success is based on your current discipline and your ability to focus on trading your system. Visualize your success, and it will come.
  5. Slow down.  Only take your best entries and setups. Most stress comes from trying to make things happen when the odds are against you.
  6. Appreciate. Being thankful for your family, friends, hobbies, and outside interests will help keep your trading in perspective.
  7. Be mindful. Pay attention to your emotions and mental processes. Watch them rise and fall, and rather than being a captive of your internal narrative, step back and be an observer of it. This will create a space of equanimity.
  8. Abandon stubbornness. Focus on your trading strengths and do more of that everyday. Stop devoting time to the things that cause financial losses and mental or emotional pain.
  9. Conquer your emotions. Stop making trading decisions based on fear or greed. Instead, focus on your trading plan and commit to only acting on facts and not mental fiction.
  10. Move on. Be willing and able to exit and cut your losses when you are wrong. Move on to the next trade, knowing that each one is a new beginning.

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