well, i know that stress comes with the territory in trading for a living. large sums of money are made and lost in minutes and that obviously has an effect on one's emotional state. naturally, people will be happy when they are making money and be pissed off when they lose it. i know that you cannot let money drive you 100%, you must be detached enough from the game to realize that if you trade a profitable system, drawdowns are a natural occurence and in no real way reflect on one's intelligence or lack thereof (unless you are just making jackass mistakes . ) no one system will work all of the time. for instance, i am trying a new strategy now (4th month into it) and am trading 500-1000 lots and netting out around 500-2500 (after commissions) per day, when i am positive. i have had on average 4-6 losing days/ month, all under -2000 so i have been doing ok, i suppose but, today, the system just performed like crap. i had many more problems than i normally encounter and ended up taking around a -1800 loss after commissions. i am a VERY competitive guy and i really get mad when i lose money- i mean i am sitting there sweating and cursing at the screen and getting pretty worked up about it. i feel that if i don't make money at work, then why did i come in?? i am intelligent enough to know that: 1) i cannot let losses reflect on my sense of self- worth 2) losses are a normal part of trading 3) no system will work ALL of the time 4) tommorrow is another day- clear all my positions and my mind- get ready for battle again.... but, still i get really frustrated when i lose. no one likes to lose, that much is certain. but, i am a young guy and wonder if i am setting myself up for a life where i lose all my hair before age 30 and always am on a short fuse, a ticking time bomb waiting to go off on the first guy who says something wrong to me. i know that making money, or how much i am making at my age (24) is enough to be very happy about, but it seems like it just isn't enough- i feel that maybe i put too much pressure on myself to perform, when i should really relax a little more. However, i have too much determination and drive to be one of the great traders- a man who can make over $500K/ year (or more ) to just give up or think- oh, its a loss, its ok- i'll make it back tommorrow or next week or.........i mean i really get pissed about losing- i went straight to the gym for a 2 hour workout and then had to call my girl over, get some loving, and crack a beer before i finally thought- ok, f*ck it- not that big of a deal, i'll get 'em tommorrow. well, the basic point of this long post is too see if anyone else feels the way that i do or can share similar experiences/ stories. how do you all deal with the inherent stress of trading?? are you stocking up on propecia and making the life insurance payments?? barring all windows higher than the first floor?? what is the routine that you go through after a losing day? (other than the obvious- looking over losing trades, keeping a journal, reviewing your biz plan, deciding what to do tommorrow) do you all just go home after the office, crack a beer, listen to some mellow music, meditate on your life, or what???? cheers and good trading, r man.