Elizabeth Enochs
Elizabeth Enochs is a writer, copy editor, and nature enthusiast from a small town in Missouri that you've probably never heard of. She's scared of Tinder, addicted to coffee, in love with travel, and watches way too much TV. In addition to Bustle, her work has been featured on sites like HelloGiggles, Thought Catalogue, HealthcareSource Blog, HuffPost Women, Flurtmag.com and a few others.

Elizabeth’s Latest Articles

Signs You Need To Step Away From The News Cycle

Let me be very clear: No matter how stressful the news cycle can be, it’s of the utmost importance that we all stay informed. There is nothing wise about being willfully ignorant when it comes to current events, global news, and the overall state of our nation. That said, constant exposure to negative news isn’t doing our mental health any favors. In fact, a recent poll conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA) shows that Americans from all over the political spectrum …

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Simple Ways To Boost Your Mood Right Now

If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably always searching for simple ways to boost your mood. And if you’re not, then you probably should be, because bad days happen to everybody. The fact is, life periodically gets weird for all of us, and our emotional state can negatively affect everything from our relationships to our overall health and wellbeing. No matter how emotionally and mentally stable you are, you can’t always predict when things like low serotonin activity and rough breakups…

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Phrases People With Anxiety Are Tired Of Hearing

I’ve written quite a few articles about anxiety, and I’ve been managing my own anxiety for a long time. If extensive research and my own experiences have taught me anything, it’s that anxiety doesn’t work in the exact same way for any of us. The coping methods I rely on when I’m feeling anxious (like exercise and spending time in nature) might send someone else with anxiety straight into a panic attack. Anxiety comes in a wide variety of disorders, phobias, triggers, and intensity levels. That s…

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15 People Share How They Cope With Anxiety

Whether your anxiety is typically tied to stressful life events, (like wedding planning and/or starting a new job) or it’s a near-constant part of your daily life, anxiety is something nearly everyone struggles with. In fact, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting an estimated 40 million adults. Further, although it’s true that stress and anxiety aren’t the same thing, dealing with chronic stress can be just as difficult as coping with anxiety. Anxiety can mess with eve…

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Common Habits That Can Be Signs Of Anxiety

Speaking from both personal experience and extensive research, I can tell you that there are several upsides to having high-functioning anxiety. (No, seriously.) For one thing, recent research suggests that there’s a very real link between anxiety and intelligence. Several studies have shown that anxious people (or even just people who worry a lot) have higher IQs than their more laid-back peers. On top of that, more often than not, creative geniuses suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind.…

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These Instagram Images Of The Refugee Crisis Are So Powerful

With more than 10 years of experience reporting on events like the U.S. military occupation of Iraq, the capturing of Mosul by ISIS, and the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria and throughout southeastern Europe, it’s hard to believe anything could make freelance photojournalist Marko Drobnjakovic nervous — much less a conversation with this cub reporter. “You think I’m used to giving interviews?” Drobnjakovic tells me after I apologetically inform him he’s my first Skype call ever. “I’m sort of pet…

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31 Groundbreaking Women From History

Ever since Congress passed Public Law 100-9 in 1987, March has officially been known as Women’s History Month in the U.S. As a feminist and a woman, I obviously think this is great. Women have contributed so much to society, and Women’s History Month is one way to acknowledge that fact. That said, I don’t think we can honestly say that women’s history is being adequately represented in this country when our history books continue to feature the same old white dudes. Don't get me wrong — I person…

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Proven Ways Being Single Is Good For Your Health

After the most fickle man I’ve ever dated dumped me last October, I decided to give up dating entirely for awhile. It’s not that I don’t love sex and relationships. On the contrary, I thoroughly enjoy good sex, and I often miss how nice being in love can feel. None of this changes the fact that I’ve historically dated people that didn’t treat me very well, though. It’s also true that I’ve got some issues to work through, and I’d rather focus on writing than dating right now. So while I know that…

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Household Items That Can Be Bad For Your Health

Speaking as someone who was raised by a recovering hippie, I’m rarely surprised when a national news source announces the many ways in which seemingly benign household items can be bad for your health. Thanks to my mom, I knew about the potential health risks of antiperspirants long before celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Bradley Cooper started talking about why they don’t use the stuff. I’ve known about the dangers of using plastic water bottles and certain makeup products for years, too. But …

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Annoying Things I've Heard As A New Vegetarian

I don't know why it took me 26 years to become a vegetarian. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an aversion to meat. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve eaten my fair share of cheeseburgers and bacon strips. (Often simultaneously.) I also happen to think that salmon tastes delicious. Still, everything from the texture of meat to the way it looks raw has always been off-putting to me. I mean, meat is literally defined as “the flesh of an animal.” On top of that, eating meat can be super-unsafe and unhe…

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