Don’t let the stress of the markets destroy your health

We’re coming out of one of the most-volatile weeks for the stock market in a long time. Not surprisingly, many investors say it was one of the most-stressful weeks they’ve had make it through in a long time.

For every investor who thinks the market is going to continue to go up, an equal number of investors believe whole thing is about to come crashing down — and that this past week was the opening act of the end of the bull market.

But no matter which way the market decides to go from here, it’s crucial for you to keep your emotions in check, and to let reason dictate your trading.

All too often, the stress of this kind of volatile market can lead to you to make poor decisions that can cause you to lose money.

But it’s not just red in your portfolio you might end up seeing.

The stress of investing can negatively affect your health if you don’t manage it correctly and learn to control your emotions.

Stress management is key to successful trading and to your health.

And it all begins with the heart.

Throughout history, the heart has meant more to civilization than just a blood pump and muscle. It’s always been associated with love, the soul, human connection, passion, integrity and honor.

You may think this connection is simply a symbolic one …

But in fact, the heart is an information-processing center that constantly sends information to the rest of our body and to the people in our environment.

On a subconscious level, our hearts are hearts are constantly communicating with the rest of the world.

Our Electromagnetic Hearts —

The science behind your ‘sixth sense’

The heart communicates with the rest of your body and the environment in four ways:

•  The heart has its own complex nervous system. The study of this is called neurocardiology. This nervous system functions separate from your autonomic nervous system, which regulates your heart rate and other functions throughout the body.

•  Biophysical communication. An example of this is your pulse, which creates an energetic wave that communicates with the rest of your body.

•  It’s a hormonal gland. The heart releases atrial natriuretic peptide, which mediates the release of the stress hormone cortisol and oxytocin — also known as the love hormone.

•  Energetic communication. The heart radiates a bioelectrical field that creates an electromagnetic field. In fact, the heart’s electromagnetic field is 30 to 60 times greater than the brain‘s. It can radiate up to eight to 10 feet outside of the human body.

You see, our electromagnetic hearts are the reason we can sense good and bad "vibes" coming from people.

This is the science behind what many believe to be their "gut" feelings or intuition.

And there’s a way to measure this incredible phenomenon — it’s called heart rate variability (HRV).

HRV: Why We React the Way We Do

Heart rate variability is a measure of the synchronization of the autonomic nervous system, which is an important part of our physiology. Measuring this gives us quantified data about the autonomic nervous system.

Think of your nervous system like an orchestra. When it is functioning correctly, all of the instruments are in sync and create a beautiful-sounding harmony.

But when your orchestra’s timing is off, they sound terrible and create a stress response in the body.

Both external and internal factors can affect your HRV in a positive or negative way … so having the ability to measure this response can help you to train yourself to deal with stress better.

HRV can be measured by recording the time between beats of your heart. And this space between each heartbeat holds a great deal of answers … and power.

Nearly 25 years of clinical research has shown that, when HRV levels are high, people can experience lower stress levels and greater resiliency.

The opposite is true, too.

When HRV levels are low, it’s an indication of greater stress and lower resiliency.

Using the Power of the Heart to Combat Stress

Below are several benefits of having an elevated HRV. It can …

•  Transform your response to stress and quickly rebalance your mind, body and emotions. In other words, it shuts down the stress response.

•  Boost your ability to think clearer, be more intuitive and make better decisions, especially under pressure.

•  Improve health, increase resilience and well-being, and help you to maintain your personal balance.

•  Decrease stress and burnout in chaotic and changing environments.

• Maximize creativity and innovation.

On top of that, DHEA increases 100% when the brain and heart are coherent.

More DHEA = lower stress.

We all deal with stress in some form or another. The way we deal with this stress is key to living a healthy and happy life.

Training yourself to enter a state of high HRV is a great way to help minimize the negative effects of stress.

Once you are able to control your HRV, you are better able to control your brain wave signals and mental capabilities. You could literally deflect someone else’s negative attitude and not let it affect you!

If you are at the mercy of your environment and let everyone who is having a bad day get to you, you lose. But if you have the stronger mental will and are more coherent with your inner self, you win.

How to Raise Your Electromagnetic Pulse

A great way to train yourself to raise your HRV is by using a meditation practice. 

You’ve probably read about the benefits of mediation, but never found the right tools to start creating this kind of healthy routine.

This is where quantified data comes in:

Image credit: HeartMath Institute

A company called the HeartMath Institute has created HRV sensors you can use to monitor your HRV in real time via their devices or on your own smartphone.

This unique training system shows you how to build inner resilience. That is, a state of poise and readiness to deal with whatever stressful feelings and challenges come your way.

Training for just five to 10 minutes a day could bring more ease and mental and emotional flexibility into your life.

You may find your attitudes, emotions and perspectives become more positive and resilient.

To learn more about how to use HRV training, go to

Please note that I have no association with HeartMath. I found their approach to be interesting and worth looking into.

This week I decided to pass it along to you in case you could use a new approach to managing your stress response. If you look into it further and perhaps decide to give it a try, I hope you’ll consider letting me know what you think about it.

Happy and Healthy Investing,

Brad Hoppmann


Uncommon Wisdom Daily

Your thoughts on “Don’t let the stress of the markets destroy your health”

  1. I am very interested in looking at the implications of my heart transplant. My donor heart was obviously denervated for me to receive it. Who/what am I now?

  2. The Mindful Investor, How a Calm Mind Can Bring Inner Peace and Financial Security. by Maria Gonzalez & Graham Byron CFP is one of many books that explore this issue.

    So the Brits were right Stay Calm and Carry on, hate that being Irish and all.

    R. M. S. O’Brien

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