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Exploring stress management for traders with Luke Mathers

How does stress affect you and your decision-making process? Luke Mathers has some interesting techniques to explain why getting rid of stress isn't necessarily the solution.

Reading time: 28 minutes

Trading level: Beginner


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As a trader, it is essential to learn how to change your relationship with stress. When traders are overloaded and overwhelmed, their working memory can be stretched. You may overlook details and second-guess your analysis. Emotions can run high, and decisions can become less objective.

So, how can you alter your relationship with stress?

I've asked Luke Mathers to share his unique methods to show why eliminating stress is not always the answer.

Luke, author of three bestselling books, including Stress and Teflon and RESET uses neuroscience, ancient wisdom and his experience of coaching entrepreneurs and Olympians to explore power of stress.

Luke Mathers. Welcome.


  • I'd be interested in hearing more about sea squirts and whether the lessons from these animals can apply to traders.
  • Can you tell me more about your thoughts on how we need to utilise stress rather than eliminate stress?
  • How can curiosity help people overcome stress?
  • Can you tell me more about this concept that you've referred to as the unhappy achiever and how It can cause stress while trading?
  • Would you say interoception could be a cortisol difference?
  • Would you be happy to share the ways that you've found to improve communication and decrease stress?
  • Have you seen ‘the pause’ technique help the people you work with?
  • Do you have 'a try this at home' tip that our traders can implement.

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