Stress and Financial Market Trading Don’t Mix
The first step in dealing with burning out when trading commodities contracts is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Trading commodities and futures has an inherently high level of stress and creating a plan to deal with stress leading to burn out is the best strategy.
Taking a vacation is one of the best ways to deal with stress of trading. These vacations should be stress reducing vacations, to reduce the level of adrenaline and calm your nervous system. Reading a book for a few days or going for a long drive can do a lot to help you maintain proper balance and energy levels.
Another excellent way to reduce stress is to exercise. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise such as running or weight lifting, simple basic exercise like stretching and taking daily walks is enough to keep your body in a balanced state. I take extended walks and hike almost every weekend to maintain my sense of balance and to reduce stress level. The key is to maintain the walks on a regular basis so that your body can get rid of build up tension and stress on a daily basis. Walking also puts very little wear and tear on your knees.
I personally know two very successful traders who didn’t know when to stop and kept pushing themselves very hard. They didn’t have an outlet to reduce their stress level and when family member and friends kept telling them to slow down, they ignored the advice. One trader had a minor heart attack and stopped trading for 6 months to regain his health while the other trader developed severe anxiety and had to be put on antidepressants for several months.
By being aware of your stress level is very important so that you know how far you can push your mind and body. A human being is like a machine it can only function when all components are working together. If stress affects any part of your mind or body it can have a cumulative effect on your trading and more importantly your health. Take the time to evaluate how you feel on a daily basis and take breaks when necessary to prevent mental and physical burn out.