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How do you handle the emotional issue of volatility of investments?

April has been difficult. The market was up during the first part of April and then in it took back much of the gains. The losses looked worse than they were because two mutual funds declared dividends. We also have had $1,800 in dental co-payments and a $1,300 tax bill. Our first paychecks in April won't be until tomorrow. The combination made for an unsettling drop in the bottom line.

I had created a portfolio under Yahoo finance and that may have been a mistake. By 3pm it gives a summary of changes for the day. It is nice on good days and can be distressing on bad days.

My husband is finding his job increasing stressful. An approximate date and a specific goal has been set for him to retire. The goal is reachable, but I find the concept of relying on investments for the rest of our lives unsettling.

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