We all know about the importance of having a good work-life balance. Unfortunately, knowing about it is not enough.
And even when we want to make efforts, we are pretty good at making excuses not to do it!
As I am writing this post, it has been 3 days that I should have gone to the gym. Of course, I have got an excuse:
“I am pretty busy right now”.
However there is no doubt going to the gym 3 days ago would have helped me coming back more relaxed and energized: in ideal conditions to grab a few more pips!
Often, we forget to see the real benefits of having a better lifestyle and “the time lost” making extra efforts could actually help us reach our goals faster!
1. Do Sports
Interesting experiments have demonstrated that if you “force” yourself to do something new for 30 days in a row it has then much higher chances to become a habit.
So, even if you haven’t done any sport for the last 20 years, you can still get back at it. It is just a matter of arranging your timetable and sticking to it.
Sure it won’t be easy at first. But give it 30 days and you might wonder how you did all these years without sport!
What does it have to do with my trading?
Doing sports not only is highly beneficial for your body, it also is for your brain.
It allows you to “empty your head” (release a lot of pressure and emotions) to come back in front of the computer stronger and calmer than ever (the state of mind you need to take rational decisions rather than emotional ones).
There is no doubt it will have a positive effect on your trading!
2. Eat more healthy
I really love to eat all kind of junk food. But I also noticed the less often I eat it, the less I feel a need for them…
I never buy soda anymore and eat much more fruits and veggies. And I almost always cook my meals from scratch, with fresh ingredients.
Of course, there is still plenty of place for improvement but I’ll say it is a good start.
What about you?
Eating more healthy should be common sense: you need to fuel the machine that keeps you going with what it needs.
By giving your body all the nutriments it needs, you increase your awareness, your concentration capacity as well as your mental wellbeing.
All 3 are necessary for you to trade in the best conditions possible.
3. Be content with what you have
Do you know what the first cause of mortality is, worldwide?
Lack of water.
When you think about it, we already are extremely lucky to have food, water and a shelter.
Does it mean you shall stop trading Forex and only be content with what you have?
By all mean no. I believe you should have monetary goals and strive for them.
As humans, we are goal driving creatures. Having goals is what keeps us going.
However there is no harm reminding ourselves we are lucky to be alive and healthy.
Being content with what you have also helps you see the bigger picture of Forex trading.
It helps you step back and realize you don’t need to focus on the money, but on the experience, enjoying the learning process. And the best thing is: once you start to focus on the learning, the earnings do follow…