The market is an emotion less brute and it goes on forever
nonstop, but not you, not your body and mind. Your health is your greatest
asset, trust me when you are young you may think this may not be applicable to
you but eventually it does. I speak from my own life experience. All those
sleepless nights and junk food plus energy drinks plus alcohol took a toll on
my health as trader and as a family man. I had to pay with all that I had.
I don’t want this to happen to you young folks.
By maintaining better physical and mental well-being,
traders can consistently create a positive and productive work environment.
I am a victim of bad trades, judgments and brokers. I am
Simi Hayden soon my time on this blue planet will be over. Why am I saying
Just like many I wanted to be a millionaire in few days by
trading in stock and Currency markets. Little did I know what was in store for
me! I can see myself back then, an over ambitious geeky retarded looking man
who beamed with pride when he got his first account opened with a so called
reputed and trustworthy broker. I am going to be a millionaire.
I used to flip through the financial times while drinking my
first coffee of the day and as soon as I put the newspaper down I used to feel
like the wizard of the Wall Street.
It did not take too long for the wizard to burn his fingers.
I burnt it pretty well but my pride did push my egoistic nature to its limits.
I was not ready to change. I was under the impression that I was right the whole
time and it was the market which went wrong due to various reasons. I was just
passing the buck. So on with my blame games. Little did I ponder into my own
mind to find whether I was all right or was I doing the right thing nor I was
ready to accept my mistakes, especially my health.
Why is a healthy lifestyle important for a trader?
Just imagine, you lose your life to trade and to make money
and do you really want to spend that money to hospitals?
Let us look into this……
Correct decision making or proper analyzing is not possible
when the mind is out of shape. Mind and body are interrelated and body does
what the mind says and what if you have a healthy mind and the body does not
obey it or a healthy body which does not get any command from an unhealthy
stressed mind? Most of the times, the pressure and expectations from trading
can lead to anxiety disorders and depression. Practice proper Stress Management
and other relaxation practices to avoid nervous breakdown.
Answer honestly not to me to yourselves – Questions to ask
Being a healthy trader requires proper diet, daily physical
activity and good sleep. If you aren’t sure about your current body condition,
ask yourself these simple questions:
1. Do you
easily get tired and worn out even after sleeping the right number of hours?
2. Are you
drinking more coffee than water?
3. Are you
easily agitated by uncontrollable situations?
4. Do you
find yourself constantly reaching for unhealthy food?
5. Is your
trading schedule draining your energy?
6. Do you
get irate fast?
7. Do you
yell at your wife and kids for no apparent reason?
social life is getting messed up.
start to avoid you?
10. Do your
friends say you are thinking too much?
11. Do you
feel drowsy to when you wake up?
12. Does your
heart beat faster most of the times?
13. You are
not able to look at the charts for more than half hour?
14. Your eyes
get watery looking at the charts?
15. Do you get
irritated when the phone rings?
16. You do not
like to talk too much anymore?
17. You skip
18. Do you
rely on Red bull?
smoking increases and every five minutes you need a cigarette?
20. You sweat
a lot these days?
21. You rely
on too much junk food?
22. You feel
exhausted all the time?
23. Rapid weight
stressed and nervous
25. You panic
26. You have
27. You fall
30. Hard to
If your answer is a YES to most of the questions above, my
friend it is the right time and high time to change for you and for your loved
ones. If you DO NOT want to experience the above you need to see profits in
your trades right? Yes it is like that. No other go. But How can you see
profits when you are not healthy and concentrating and how can you stay healthy
if your trades are going wrong. Yup we will come to that. So it is a double
edged sword. Well let us address this rationally.
No let us examine some major problems
You are gaining bad weight.
It is mainly because of lack of physical activity. When you
are obsessed with trading and is not stable mentally you kind of lose count of
the calories you eat and not care about the quality of the food you intake. As
days goes by your body starts to break down all the junk and starts to store as
fat. Get adequate physical activity along with a detox diet. I know it is hard
with all the stress but there is no other go. Stop brooding over what has
happened and look into the present and future.
It is an indication by your brain that your body and mind
are experiencing fatigue. It depends mainly on your life style as a trader and
You need an energy boost: Try relaxing techniques like yoga
and breathing exercises and try to drink more water not Red bull or coffee and
do not forget to sleep adequate hours. Hard but there is no other go.
You are stressed and nervous most of the time
Trading does that to you. It is very hard to stay relaxed
but you need to think. What is the point in working hard when you cannot work
anymore? You body is a machine. Maintenance is the key. Anxiety can cause
restlessness, panic attacks or palpitations. The best thing to do is to work
out an effective trading system that you can be confident with. It can give you
structure and reduce any nervous feelings during a trade.
Some system which does the thinking for you. Not a robot
and test a reliable trading style. You may start with a demo account to gain
2. Reach out
to forums and websites aimed to help traders improve their system
within your limitations and be conservative when taking high risk trades.
4. Talk to
the concerned companies
reliable trading system is what you need.
6. Try a
company with good professionals and support personals.
You are not able to sleep
Trading is an activity where you forget time and mess up
your bio- clock. Your body is not designed to sit in front of a computer and
waste away. It is designed to work and rest. There is no way this day to avoid
different styles of business that requires different types of lifestyle. But
your body tends to disagree:
What to do:
1. Create a
reasonable and consistent bedtime routine based on your trading schedule
2. Make your
bedroom as dark as possible and turn off all electronics before bed
setting aside any thoughts or concerns when it is time to sleep
off that freaking damned phone of yours.
media can wait.
6. Get a CD
of Night sounds with light piano music and rain.
7. Try to
imagine you in some exotic place.
8. Think of
beautiful things which GOD made for you
grateful that you have a bed to sleep.
How to avoid getting sick
1. Drink a
liter of water the moment you wake up
Vitamin C rich food
3. Take a
walk in the early sun
4. Look at
the flowers and listen to the birds
5. Take a
whole day off and do nothing
watching TV all the time
listening to NEWS all the time – there is nothing good these days
9. Try to
one act of kindness a day
10. Pray for
11. Try to
avoid blood thirsty hard rock metal music.
12. Fill your
thoughts with white light.
14. Talk to
your wife and kids and tell them how much you love them and how grateful you
are for having them in your life.
15. Get a pet
16. Be kind to
How to avoid strained eyes
1. Keep a
cool ambience in your trading room.
your eye lids once in a while
your eyes and think of a place like heaven.
coolant eye gels
6. Keep away
your phone as long as possible
good happens watching TV
You have more Coffee, Red bull and cigarettes?
Stay NO to both but an occasional coffee is okay. It is an
addictive just like any other harmful habits. I am not getting into technical
details but try to say NO to Red bull and cigarettes. It is hard but it is
worth it. I know for a fact that Red bull has Bull’s sperm as an ingredient. I
don’t know about you but I don’t want to drink sperm for energy when I am
2. Eat a
banana when you feel low energy.
green tea a habit.
4. Try chew
a cardamom clove when you feel the urge to smoke.
A good diet for a healthy trading lifestyle
1. Soda and
other aerated drinks. Do you know that coke and Pepsi can clean the dirtiest
toilets to sparkling clean ones? It is all chemical.
and stuff like that with high amounts of saturated fat – I know hard but most
of the things that are tasty is not good for your mind and body
and other high sugary items
5. All Junk
10. Ready to
eat fast foods
11. Tetra and
bottle packed Juice
12. Stay from
MAC and KFC
your day with warm water with a slice of lemon and Honey
2. Eat a
balanced breakfast – Should include eggs and fruits
3. Eat real
fruits instead of juice
plain water throughout the day
5. Have a
light lunch – Start with a heavy salad and avoid too much carbohydrates
6. Have a
light nutritious dinner which includes green salad and meat lovers go for
grilled chicken or turkey.
7. Stop mid
night snaking If it is too much to ask try fresh fruits
remember you are what you eat.
routine calorie check up
with nuts like almonds and fresh fruits
like Bananas, Apples or Blueberries
and other legumes
boiled eggs with kale
If you are stressed
1. Have a
green tea with lemon
INDULGE IN A POWER NAP
With the round-the-clock lifestyle of a forex trader, it can
be difficult to form a proper sleeping pattern.
If you are the type of trader that instinctively checks the market or
studies charts every few hours, try napping as a strategy for a successful trade.
performance after long hours of work
and extends alertness during a trade
cognitive thinking for better judgment
overall health by lowering blood pressure
relaxation from stress
Always go for the complex coded ones
I cannot suggest you any systems because it might appear
that I am endorsing them so I will leave the research to you. I know I have not
covered all factors but I really think this will help you in a minute possible
way. Please avoid big informative speeches as this is the basic requirements of
a good trading lifestyle.
Always be positive and wishing you good luck