It can be stressful…
It has been said that war consists of long stretches of boredom punctuated by brief periods of terror – much the same can be said of trading.
Pressure and the physiological impact of trading is part of the reason some people love it so much. As traders place trades, testosterone is released into the body, adrenalin surges into the blood and the stress steroid cortisol trickles out of the adrenal gland. As this cortisol reaches the brain, the pleasure chemical dopamine is released. Cortisol and dopamine together are hugely addictive for the brain and provide that ‘buzz’ that comes with putting on positions. However (and there is always a ‘but’…) prolonged exposure to cortisol can have a hugely detrimental effect on your health.
On our Advanced and Assessed courses we strive to educate delegates in awareness, monitoring and stress management to ensure longevity and good physical health. We are trained HRV (Heart Rate Variability) practitioners – HRV is the best non-invasive measure of the Autonomic Nervous System, the main controller of health and performance functions.