Several years ago when I pursued a graduate degree in Counseling, most of my professors stressed the importance of “self-care”.
Students were told as Clinicians; you needed to take care of yourself before making any attempts to assist others.
It was so fundamental to the therapeutic field that I had to once write a 10-page paper, describing why “self-care” was important and ways in which I managed to care for myself. Without going in depth, in essence, the argument is...
“in order to provide effective therapy to clients, you as a therapist needed to be at your best and in order to be at your best, you must take care of yourself”. AKA, self-care.
I believe the same concept applies to trading the markets. In order to be at your most optimal as a trader, you need to ensure you’re taking care of yourself and coming to the markets in your best state.
Have you ever tried to trade when you’re tired? Angry? Frustrated? “Out of it”?
I have and I ALWAYS lose money.
I wont turn this blog into a therapy session but I do encourage my readers to engage in a bit of introspection.
Ask yourself before entering the markets: “Am I at my best”? If not, “how can I get there”?
This exercise might seem purposeless but in my opinion; you will always make your best trades when you’re your best self! To get and stay at the top of our game, let’s all ensure we are doing our best to take care of ourselves (mind and body).
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