Most people are attracted to trading so they can take more direct control over their financial futures. Many of these people are attempting to escape the current stress of their present occupations and generally improve their lifestyle. Unfortunately, the vast majority of new traders jump from the frying pan into the fire. Based on the ever increasing number of “Trading Psychologists”, one could conclude that trading is the most anxiety-filled profession on planet earth. And you know what? It is, at least as practiced by most traders.
The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on and on.
Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy. This week, two separate studies were published in Science linking elevated cortisol levels as a potential trigger for mental illness and decreased resilience—especially in aadolescence.
The good news is that trading does not have to be this way. Trading should not be this way. If one is trading to improve their lifestyle why choose to engage in something that can have such a negative effect on not only the quality of that life as well as the quantity of life one may live?
Instead of attempting to “control” an obviously stressful endeavor, why not simply change the endeavor? What is the most stressful way to trade? By far the most stressful way to trade is to daytrade.
Take the Stress Out!
Having a specific, well-defined trade plan and trading opportunistically can significantly lower the stress involved in daytrading.