I've struggled and am struggling with: feeling overwhelmed by the size of important problems, feeling alone in wanting to have an impact and also feeling like I don't want to take away time and resources from important people doing saving-the-world things, feeling guilty about being a net-negative for EA.
I don't have much original to say about this at the moment, but I don't think I'm alone, so this is my attempt to be a little bit helpful. You could also browse the Self-care tag.
The desire for impact:
- Nicole Ross, Desperation Hamster Wheels - Things that might be contributing to the overwhelming feeling, things that might help
- AllAmericanBreakfast, Don't Be Bycatch - On just doing helpful things
- G Gordon Worley III, Illegible impact is still impact
- Kelsey Piper on 'shut up and multiply' - On how everyone matters
- Michelle Hutchinson Keeping Absolutes in Mind - On keeping in touch with what we're doing
Reconciling EA and self care
- Nate Soares: Replacing Guilt - I don't know if anyone reading this post hasn't read it already, but I think it's important that it's here. If you haven't, also, caveat
- Tessa Alexanian: Aiming for the minimum of self-care is dangerous - I really appreciate the honest and pragmatic approach to the question of self-care, since I've felt that EA-external discussions about self-care can be somewhat dishonest: for example, I sometimes see the claim that self-care inevitably makes you more productive. This isn't necessarily true, but self-care is still important.
Beyond EA: On being a full human being
- Julia Wise, You have more than one goal, and that's fine
- Lucas Gloor, Room for Other Things: How to adjust if EA seems overwhelming
Everyone is different, but if I were to try to give advice to a version of myself who hasn't read it, I'd say:
If you're struggling, read the Half monkey, half god segment, especially Not yet gods, but avoid The dark world, and the related articles On caring, and The value of a life. I've found those a little information hazard-y