Remember Your Long Term Goals
Everybody has a reason for investing. Whether you are planning for retirement, saving for a big purchase, or just trying to find a way to put your money to work for you, the most important thing you can do to relieve your anxiety may be to remember your long-term goals. Start by deciding what your goals are, and be specific. How much of a return do you need to have and by what time? Do you know exactly what those numbers are? Once you have the end in mind, it is much easier to plan out a path to get there.
Make A Plan
Now that you know what you want from your investments, it is much easier to make a plan that will get you there. Knowing what you want from your investments is the first thing you should do to ease your investing anxiety, but now that you have a goal, it is time to make a plan. How much will you invest and in what intervals? Will all of you money go into one fund, or will you diversify your investments. Make sure you are clear on the expected returns and all associated fees and costs with any funds you are investing in. Once you have a clear plan and set in in motion, you can rest assured that your investments are helping you meet your goals and your mind will be at ease.
Get A History Lesson
Unfortunately, downturns do happen. The stress of thinking about past downturns can take a toll. The good news is that by examining that patterns of past downturns, we can learn some valuable lessons that will help to ease your anxiety. Take the time to do some research and you will learn some valuable lessons that may provide valuable advice, and relief from stress. Look at the funds you are invested in and see how long after recent downturns it took them to recover, you may be surprised to learn that it did not take as long as you think. Often, the worst thing you can do for your money is to withdraw your investments when times get tough. Sticking with your plan and keeping your long-term goals in mind will usually be the best strategy.
Finally, the best advice may be to unplug. Markets are volatile, and the ups and downs of markets often make for big news stories. But if you’ve done your research, and have clear goals and a good plan, the best advice to ease your anxiety may be to turn off your TV, change the dial on the radio, and avoid reading news about markets. The stress caused by daily fluctuations can be a big cause of anxiety, even if the long-term effects on your investments are nonexistent. So unplug, and take a sigh of relief knowing that you’ve done the hard work and let your money work for you.