Stress-related illnesses and the so called “burn out” syndrome are widespread among employees in the twenty-first century, traders are especially affected. Many traders had to terminate their trading career because they were psychologically and physically devastated – the “burn out”. If you do not want to belong to this group of (ex-) traders the below guidelines could be helpful for you. Are you among the group of traders who become very tense once you open a trade and does this tension only go away when the trade is closed? Provided that you followed your trading plan and also provided that you did not take a huge position which far exceeds your normal position size you should not become stressed though every time you put on a trade. Setting a fixed stop loss and a fixed take profit target should take out most of the stress ideally – once you have put in the stop and the target order the outcome of the trade is not in your hands anymore, the market will decide if the position gets closed with a loss or a profit. As a trader you are frequently under a lot of psychological pressure. But even if you are of the opinion that taking trading decisions is not stressful you should actively work on relaxation during the trading day. In order to stay healthy and take good decisions you need to find the time to relax while trading. This is crucial for your trading career. If you spend 14 hours in front of your screens each day without any break your trading career will very likely be a short one. Throughout the trading day you should develop routines which allow you to take frequent small breaks. A few minutes each hour are usually sufficient to clear your mind and refuel your batteries. Getting some fresh air and taking a short walk is certainly the best method. But there are also relaxation exercises which can be conducted at your desk such as breathing exercises and muscle relaxation. Consciously stretching and relaxing your limbs is a good start here, getting up from your chair and distracting yourself with something else for a few minutes is certainly a good idea, even if you are a scalper on a one minute chart. When the trading session is terminated stress can be relieved with relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or autogenous training. Practicing some kind of sports on a regular basis is recommended in order to reduce stress and refresh your mind. Visiting a sauna, taking a hot bath or receiving a massage can also be very helpful. You will have to find out for yourself which technique works best for you. One thing is certain though – if you do not consciously take a break and relax on a regular basis you will sooner or later encounter difficulties. Join the Forex Competition today and start trading with no stress as it is a risk-free Contest!