Comment by katyt on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation · 2019-03-14T22:29:17.756Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Agree about the importance of looking after yourself.

I get the feeling that it's especially important to talk about mental health in the EA community. And not because it's a promising area for effective altruism :), but because I think EAs are probably more vulnerable than average to mental health problems, like anxiety. Not only in the job hunting area, but I think it goes along with the whole concept of EA. If your main aim in life is to do the most good you can in the world, and you are extremely rigorous about making sure you're living up to that, you're opening yourself up to a lot of potential self-judgement.

My view at the moment is that I want to strike a balance between focusing on others (e.g. through effective altruism) and focusing on myself (e.g. through mindfulness / meditation / exercise / chilling out) and my immediate environment / relationships (e.g. through socialising ;) ). Agree about the added benefit too.