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How can traders deal with stress during stock market volatility?

With the increased market volatility and anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak stock market traders are struggling to make sense of the market mayhem. The levels of stress, as a result, have increased exponentially. This can often lead traders to make mistakes and to take impulse decisions, which can cause losses. More importantly, it can also put their health at risk and cause unrest in the family due to irritability, and anger. With many restrictions still in place, traders may find it harder to relax and blow-off steam.

What if I told you there is no need to worry. You are probably reacting as I did when I first heard this odd concept but the more I thought about it, the more I realised its validity for traders. Read on to understand how a simple yet effective concept can change your life.

Whenever you have a problem in life, there are really only two choices – either you can do something about it or you cannot. If you cannot do anything, then what is the point of worrying since you have absolutely no control over it. If however you can do something about it, like implementing a well-thought risk management strategy to minimize your losses, go ahead and do it. If you have already put the wheels in motion, why are you worrying? Now you may say that your problems are complex and this simple formula cannot be applied. The good news is that it can.

Separate your complex problem into the things you have control over and those you don’t. By removing the items which you have no control over, the worrying is already reduced and for the remaining items, put the wheels in motion.

Now that you have removed worrying, how about we tackle how to start each day with high energy for maximum impact? I do not know about you, but when I start my day on a positive note, I am able to achieve a lot more and even absorb the negativity that may come. If I start on a negative note however, it usually takes me several hours if not the whole day to get back into a positive state affecting my productivity and relationship with people.

Before I share the morning routine to implement, know there are two no-no’s:

  1. Do not snooze. Do you really want the first action of the day to be snooze and set precedent for the remainder of the day?

  2. No phone or newspaper. Eliminate the chance of reading anything that will put you in a negative state of mind (best to charge your phone outside of your bedroom). Once the morning routine has been completed, feel free to reach out to your phone and news to ensure you are aligned with the financial markets.

Every trader should begin with the following morning routine (my suggested times in parenthesis) to prepare them for the market volatility and keep the stress at bay:

  1. Movement (15min) – after sleeping for several hours where your heart rate was anywhere from 20-30% lower, it is time to get the heart rate back up. Walk, jump, run, do anything you want but just move to open up your body.

  2. Breathwork (10min) – take deep belly breaths and get oxygen to all your cells. This is also a great technique to reduce stress and can be used anytime stress levels get high.

  3. Meditate (20min) – this is done to bring balance between heart and mind. To get the best results it is key to be centred.

  4. Journal (15min) – get a diary and write the following:

    1. Three things you are grateful for
    2. Three things you are excited about
    3. A positive affirmation
    4. Go through a process of forgiveness
    5. Close with ‘Today is going to be the best day ever!’

Now that you have started the day with such high energy and with less worries, get ready to achieve greatness and make the best trading decisions.

Don’t let your coronavirus anxiety cause you to make any more money mistakes. Take a step back from your emotions, relax, breathe, meditate and  tap into that more logical side of your brain. This will help you take over the markets with positive energy!


Saahil Mehta
Saahil is a Decluttering Coach, Mountaineer, Author, Keynote Speaker, and an Entrepreneur.

Struggling to balance his successful career over 18 years, family and a frantic feeling of anxiety, Saahil was stretched in all directions and lost touch with his true self, his authentic self and found emptiness and unhappiness in its place. This led him on an extraordinary journey, refreshingly born out of isolation. He now helps leaders overcome mental overload and reach their summit through a three-step process to live a healthy stress-free life with financial abundance.

He has been blessed to live in five countries across three continents giving him a global outlook. His goal, through my core value of non-violence, is to positively impact leaders to be more united within their organizations as well as all global citizens, and live in greater harmony with Mother Earth.

While trekking to the summit of the world's tallest mountains (Kilimanjaro (5,895m) – tallest mountain in Africa, Elbrus (5,642m) – tallest mountain in Europe, Kala Patthar (5,643m) - little higher than the base camp of Everest and Chopicalqui (6,354m) – a technical ascent with multiple steep walls in Peru), unmasked in an environment without judgement - his eyes opened to how happy he could be without being encumbered by the negative thoughts and opinions of others. This immense feeling of euphoria triggered his foray into overcoming mental overload. Decluttering from the material world, body, people and mind, in search of identity, focus and ultimately... living passionately. He used the learnings of decluttering and leading the teams on the mountain to turn his failing company and life around.
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