Top 10 Ways to Take a Break from Trading

As all traders will know – sometimes, trading can take over your life. And overworking and getting burned out will not help your trading strategy. In fact, it will probably hurt it.

So heed this warning and make time for a break from the charts – here are our top 10 ways to take a break from trading to give you some ideas…

1. Take a tea (and cake) break

Need a quick break from trading to clear your head? You can’t do much better than a good old cup of tea (and something sweet to go with it, of course).

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 14.01.52The Sweet Reason Company are making your tea break even better with their special boxes packed full of sweet handmade treats paired with complementary Teapigs teabags and a sugar swizzle stick (in case you’re not sweet enough already).

We love their goodies so much we wrote a Littlefish Loves feature all about them (check it out here: Littlefish Loves: The Sweet Reason Company). 

LFX discount: head on over to to check them out, and use the discount code LITTLEFISHFX to get a sweet 15% off your order. Enjoy!

2. Get new indicators

Make good use of your break from trading and five minutes away from the charts – get your hands on the top four must-have Forex indicators for 2015:

All four of these indicators are available for free with our new Forex Trading Course. To find out more or purchase the course, click here.

3. Make time for a workout

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 14.08.11If you feel guilty abandoning the charts to hit the gym, don’t – regular exercise reduces stress and anxiety, boosts brainpower, sharpens your memory and makes you more productive – and all those things will help improve your trading.

Check out our tips for ways to keep fit and enjoy the benefits of exercise without having to spend hours in the gym:

  • The LFX Guide to: Fitness Trends: Our breakdown of all the latest gadgets and trends that are sweeping the fitness industry this year, from new cardio classes and virtual reality workouts to the latest exercise-tracking wearable tech.

Get the lowdown on the latest fitness trends here.

Check out our favourite fast and excuse-proof (but super-effective) ways to keep fit here.

4. Check out the latest trader toys

Cars, tech, apps, gadgets, super yachts, watches and more – in our SPEND section, we always keep you up-to-date with the latest must-have trader toys. So take five minutes away from the charts and discover some of the hottest new cars and coolest new tech we’re lusting after:

Want weekly updates on the latest tech, cars and toys for traders to keep you occupied in your break from trading? No problem – sign up to our weekly Fish Feed emails using the form below (and don’t forget to click ‘SPEND’):

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5. Get lost in a book

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 14.06.32If the charts are stressing you out, take a break from trading, escape for a while and get lost in a good book. Our LFX Book Club is regularly updated with all the latest books that all serious traders should read – from new educational reads to novels about the dark side of trading.

Check out our LFX Book Club here. 

LFX discount: As part of our Book Club, Palgrave are offering LFX readers a whopping 30% discount on top trading titles. Head on over to our Palgrave Landing Page for the lowdown on the latest trading titles, and use the code ‘WLITTLEFISHFX’ to redeem your discount.

6. Get inspired

By our trading heroes in our Littlefish Legends series – so far, we’ve told you all about why Michael Bloomberg, Ray Dalio, Jim Simons and Warren Buffett inspire us at Littlefish FX HQ to do what we do.

Read all of our Littlefish Legends series here. 

Or for a quick fix of inspiration, check out our Words of Wisdom series, where we collect funny, inspiring and motivational quotes from the best in business and trading, like this one from Henry Ford:

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

7. Hide away at a spa

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 14.11.59If you really need a getaway from the charts, book in for a spa day or escape for a few days with a spa break. Why not try Ragdale Hall (you can find out all about why we love it in our Littlefish Loves feature: Littlefish Loves: Ragdale Hall) – it has world-class spa facilities, healthy (and tasty) food and plenty of chill-out areas, and laptops are confined to bedrooms or the wi-fi room, so no sneaky chart-checking!

Web discounts – head on over to to check out their latest web exclusive offers, with up to 15% off spa days and up to 20% off two-night stays!

8. Be a couch potato

If you never have time to watch TV, take a break from trading and make time. And minimise the guilt by steering clear of the soaps and Jeremy Kyle, and watch something a bit more worthwhile:

  • Trading documentaries that are worth a watch – these 5 trading documentaries are definitely worth slacking off for an hour or two to watch (if anyone asks, just tell them you’re doing research for your trading plan).

Watch our favourite trading documentaries here. 

  • The 7 Best Trading Films of All Time – it’s not all about the Wolf of Wall Street. For some lighter entertainment that still counts as trading research (okay, loosely) check out our list of the 7 best trading films there’s ever been.

Get the top 7 trading films of all time here.

9. Get out and about

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 14.13.32Mario Draghi’s favourite way to take a break from the stress of being the head of the European Central Bank and the 9th most powerful person in the world? Head to the great outdoors. His hobbies of choice are hiking and mountain climbing.

So make like Draghi and enjoy some fresh air as a way of escaping from the charts for a while. We’ve rounded up the Top 10 Outdoor Activities to Try – from quad biking and gorge walking to caving and sand boarding, there’s something for even the biggest adrenaline seekers among you – sure to blow those cobwebs away!

Click here to get involved!

10. Find out what’s going on away from your screen

If you’re guilty of getting lost in the charts from time to time and forgetting that there’s a big wide world outside of your screen, take a break from trading and catch up with what’s been going on. Here’s how:


  • Subscribe to our Trader Lifestyle emails: need a reminder to step away from the screens now and again? No problem, just sign up to our weekly Fish Feed emails (and don’t forget to click ‘SPEND’) and you’ll get an update on everything #TraderLifestyle every Friday! Use the box below to sign up:

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Plus, follow @LFXKatie + @LittlefishFX over on Twitter for the latest #TraderLifestyle updates in real time (and ‘Like’ @LittlefishFX on Facebook if Twitter’s not your thing!)

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