It’s Wise to Take a Break from Option Trading Once in a While

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By: Tom Gentile
July 8th, 2024

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If you’re like me, you’re not here right now. In fact, to prove that you are likely reading this after July 5.

Yes, the markets were open July 5, 2024.

Yes, they were back to their regularly scheduled hours.

But I, like many investors and traders took July 5 as one extra day off and made an extended weekend off the Independence Day holiday.

Give your Brain a Rest

Have you ever crammed for a test in college and found your brain turning to mush after a bunch of hours spent relentlessly digging in to your books and research to the point you felt you were not comprehending things as you feel you should be?

A tactic to help you and your brain is and or was to Step Away. Give your brain a break. Let it rest. Or it was best to go do some other activity completely away from the topic you were studying.

The premise is your brain is absorbing so much info it isn’t processing everything as fast as you are ‘cramming’ it in there.

What you may have found when you did let the brain rest is you would come back to your studies, and you’d surprise yourself that you actually retained more than you thought.

Educational points are making more sense, you understand certain things better, calculations you were stumped on are able to be worked out now.

If the answers aren’t readily available when you get back at least now you have a clearer mind and are able to know where to go look next to GET to the answer.

It Can Work the Same Way with Options Trading

There are times when your trading becomes kind of monotonous. You find yourself making decisions without as much though and preparation as you normally do.  Its not that you are having a winning or losing streak, it’s more like when you are driving and you end up getting from point A to point B, but you don’t remember the stop lights or stop signs you navigated to get there.

Take a moment and ask yourself, are you on a winning streak or a losing streak. That may seem like a crazy question, because of course you are going to know if you are and which one it is.

You may find that if you ask yourself which streak you are on that you may think yes you are on one or the other, but you can’t really recall how many wins or losses you are on. You may not know which strategy you are using to get those results. You may not even remember the ticker symbols for the securities you used to get those results.

That is when I would say it is time for you and your brain to rest. Take a break. Go find something else to occupy your focus and train of thought.

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Regroup, Re Assess, Analyze, Attack

You come back to your charts, and you are seeing your patterns more clearly, you know the trading strategy you wish to employ on that chart setup before you even look at an option chain for it.

The only thing you need now or then is to confirm the option pricing is at a price level you feel confident is a reasonable price and will make you a nice return would the security perform as anticipated.

 That is the intent. That is my intent when I find it necessary to step away and let the mind rest.

That is my expectation when I get back to my options trading, which is likely when you are reading this.

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