Dealing With Loss: Handling Losing Trades

Good morning Traders!

We are human, and it’s completely normal for us to become emotionally and financially invested in our trades, but this becomes problematic when we become emotionally unstable.

This almost always leads to counter-productive moves including, but not limited to: revenge-trading, moving or even removing stop-losses, increasing our trades size and throwing our trading plan and our mind right out of the window.

What are some actions traders can take to help them overcome psychological difficulties with losing streaks or losing trades?

Trading can be emotionally and psychologically challenging, especially when facing a losing streak or losing trades. Here are some actions traders can take to overcome these difficulties:

  1. Adopt a positive mindset: Traders can work on reframing negative thoughts and focusing on positive outcomes. This can help to build resilience and improve their overall mental state.
  2. Create a trading plan: A well-thought-out trading plan can help traders to stay focused, avoid impulsive decisions, and manage emotions more effectively.
  3. Set realistic goals: Setting achievable goals can help traders to feel more in control of their future and reduce anxiety and stress.
  4. Take breaks: Taking time away from trading, even for short periods, can help traders to recharge and refocus their energy.
  5. Practice self-care: Engaging in activities that promote physical and mental well-being, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies, can help traders to manage stress and maintain balance.
  6. Seek support: Talking to a trusted mentor, trading group or community can help traders to process their emotions and feel less alone.
  7. Stay disciplined: Sticking to a well-thought-out trading plan and avoiding impulsive decisions can help traders to regain confidence in their abilities.
  8. Learn from past experiences: Reflecting on past experiences, both positive and negative, can help traders to identify patterns in their behaviour and make improvements.

It’s important to remember that overcoming psychological difficulties takes time and patience, and it’s important to be gentle with oneself and not to dwell on past mistakes.

It is crucial to remember that trading is a process over time- just like any professional activity, it takes time and resilience to achieve our end goals and skill level.

For this reason, you must be both forgiving of yourself for making reasonable and common errors, and strict with yourself when you repeat knowingly bad actions. It’s very much like trying to stick to eating healthy and avoiding junk food.

Happy Trading!

Adam Harris

FXGlobe Ambassador Adam Harris is based in London, UK. He’s been trading professionally since 2013 and his specialties are technical and trend-based trading.

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