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How to NOT be Stressed When Trading Stocks

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Hello, everyone! Today, we’re going to talk about a common issue among traders: stress. We’ll explore how to keep your emotions in check when trading stocks. If you find yourself getting stressed out more often than not while trading, this segment is for you. I’ll share a quick tip that might help you maintain a more level-headed approach.

Understanding the Stress in Trading

In my years of coaching and working with traders, I’ve seen many people struggle with stress while trading. It’s a common challenge, and there could be various underlying causes. However, one straightforward way to address this issue, which might work for many, is to consider the amount you’re trading.

The Flow Channel Concept

To understand how trading size relates to stress, let’s delve into the concept of the “Flow Channel.” This concept is derived from the book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who explored the psychology of optimal experiences, often referred to as “flow.”

In the Flow Channel, your skill level is on the horizontal axis, while the vertical axis represents the challenge level. When your skill matches the challenge, you’re in the “flow.” This is where you feel the most comfortable and focused.

Balancing Skill and Challenge

However, issues arise when there’s an imbalance between your skill and the challenge you’re taking on. For example, if your skill level is relatively low, but you’re attempting high-risk trades, you’ll likely experience stress, anxiety, and frustration—emotions that can disrupt your decision-making.

Conversely, if you have a high skill level but trade at a level far below your capabilities, you might experience boredom or a lack of motivation. This situation can also be detrimental to your trading performance.

Finding Your Flow in Trading

The key is to find the right balance between your skill level and the challenge presented by your trades. Just as in sports or other activities, you want to be in the “flow” while trading. This means trading an amount or size that aligns with your skills, experience, and comfort level.

Reducing Stress by Adjusting Trade Size

Now, let’s apply this concept to trading. If you’re feeling stressed, consider whether you’re trading too large of a position relative to your skill level. Trading size doesn’t just refer to the number of shares or contracts but also the dollar amount you’re putting at risk.

For example, if you’re anxious about trading ten thousand dollars when you’re more accustomed to smaller positions, it might be worth scaling down to a more comfortable level, like one thousand dollars. This allows you to focus on trading without the emotional burden.

Gradually Increasing Trade Size

Once you’re comfortable and consistently successful with a smaller trade size, you can gradually increase it. This gradual scaling helps you adapt to larger challenges and minimizes stress along the way.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, while there may be various factors contributing to stress in trading, adjusting your trade size to match your skill and comfort level can be a simple and effective way to reduce stress. Keep in mind that trading is a journey, and finding your “flow” may take time. Embrace the process of learning, growing, and finding what works best for you.

Thank you for joining me in this segment. If you’d like to explore more about trading or have specific questions, please check out our website, where you can find valuable resources and even schedule a one-on-one coaching session.

Stay calm, stay focused, and I look forward to seeing you in the next episode. Take care!

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