Many aspiring traders put themselves through unnecessary pain in the attempt to become consistent traders. The stress, sometimes, becomes unbearable. I have witnessed nervous breakdowns amongst other things…and more often than not it is simply because the person cannot admit to himself/herself that trading is just not right for their personality. Here is a quick test to find out just how much stress you are sustaining, in order to capture pips each day.

Physical State

I am physically relaxed when trading (no perceivable muscle tensions)
Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often – Very Often

Trading does not negatively impact my physical energy levels
Hardly Ever – Often- Very Often – Rarely

I sleep well independently from my trading results
Very Often – Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often

My breathing is regular and relaxed when trading
Often – Rarely – Hardly Ever – Very Often

Emotional State

I have a positive mood when trading.
Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often – Very Often

I feel in control of myself and my trading.
Hardly Ever – Often- Very Often – Rarely

I am aware of my feelings when trading.
Very Often – Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often

I am emotionally pliable and quick at regaining serenity after an unexpected negative event. 
Often – Rarely – Hardly Ever – Very Often

Mental State

I maintain a positive self-dialogue when confronting the markets.
Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often – Very Often

I’m on the ball and I maintain concentration independently from what happens in the markets.
Hardly Ever – Often- Very Often – Rarely

I have a reassuring and positive self-dialogue when trading.
Very Often – Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often

I enjoy being in the moment, and find myself focused on the here & now rather than thinking about what has been and what may be.
Often – Rarely – Hardly Ever – Very Often

Behavioural State

I only eat when I’m hungry (trading does not affect my eating habits)
Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often – Very Often

I find time to exercize and take care of myself (trading does not interfere with this)
Hardly Ever – Often- Very Often – Rarely

I am able to take care of other endeavours with the right speed (I don’t rush through other things, just so I can get back in front of the screen).
Very Often – Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often

Social State

I am patient and empathetic in my interactions with family & friends, both while I have trades in the market and after having closed trades, independently from the result.
Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often – Very Often

I am able to enjoy the company of others and have fun, independently from my trading results.
Hardly Ever – Often- Very Often – Rarely

I feel at ease discussing my trading results with close friends & family.
Very Often – Hardly Ever – Rarely – Often

Over to You

This short quiz should help you understand what your current stress levels are, when you confront the markets. I hope you were as sincere as possible with your answers because, after all, this is about you & your personal relationship with trading. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s much more pride and glory in being a firefighter, a nurse, a chef – so actively enhancing other people’s lives – rather than a trader.  That’s why I strongly suggest traders learn to give back.

I’m not saying that you need to be completely insulated from stress – that’s not realistic. But if you have been spending years in the pursuit of trading profits ad the expense of your own health, you might want to find a better way to express your true talent.

About the Author

Justin is a Forex trader and Coach. He is co-owner of www.fxrenew.com, a provider of Forex signals from ex-bank and hedge fund traders (get a free trial), or get FREE access to the Advanced Forex Course for Smart Traders. If you like his writing you can subscribe to the newsletter for free.