Traders can do themselves a huge favor by regularly engaging in stress reduction efforts. Some of these include regular exercise, good sleep habits, proper nutrition, leading a balanced life with interests outside of trading, stable personal relationships, meditation, biofeedback, and others.
The main idea is to DO SOMETHING (the more the better) to inoculate oneself from extreme stress responses. Reading about it here and elsewhere is a fine start, but the results your looking for won’t come until you actually do something, and commit to it.
Physical exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Getting the right amount of good quality sleep is another. Also good social support and having healthy relationships with others.
Alcohol may seem to treat the symptoms of stress, but if over used it can have a negative impact on us biologically and psychologically. Andrew Menaker