Gina M. Florio
Gina is a Features writer and reporter for Bustle and a regular contributor to Hello Giggles. Her work has also been featured in Brooklyn Magazine, The Establishment, and Mind Body Green. She's a Harvard alumna and an international yoga teacher who's very uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.

Gina’s Latest Articles

Why Anxiety Isn't The Same As Being Nervous

There are enough misconceptions about mental illness to fill up the entire Atlantic Ocean — twice. People who have never experienced lifelong problems with their mental health don't understand what it's like to live with an anxiety disorder, yet they're the ones who tend to pass judgments about how to live with this mental illness. They sometimes say it's nothing more than being constantly worried or "just nervous" in social situations, as if we could just turn it off if we just tried hard enoug…

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The First Female NFL Referee Gives Us Advice

On Sunday night, Super Bowl LI was watched by millions of people across the country. Even if you're not a football fan, you don't need to know anything about the NFL to know that all the referees out on the field were men. In fact, until 2015, there were only male referees in the NFL. Not a single woman had ever broken into the field — that is, until Sarah Thomas changed the game. She was the first woman to ever referee in the NFL, and she's trailblazing the way for countless other women to foll…

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Ways The Pill Might Be Messing With Your Health

Ever since birth control was first made available to women nationwide, we've been presented with all kinds of information about contraception, and we've learned a lot ourselves from using it firsthand. There are some common side-effects we know to look out for when we first start taking hormonal birth control. We expect to see things like like weight gain, swollen breasts, and more intense mood swings, but we also know that these side effects don't happen to everyone who takes the Pill. Over th…

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Muslim Women You Should Be Following On Twitter

There's been a widespread sense of chaos and exasperation since President Trump signed an executive order on Friday to instill "a temporary ban on most refugees," which includes a suspension of visas for seven different Muslim-majority countries. Thousands of people who have lived in and positively contributed to American society haven't been and won't be allowed back into the country, including university students who are attending school on a legal visa, government workers who were overseas tr…

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Normal Ways Your Relationship Changes Over Time

When you first get together with your partner, it's like everything is out of a dream. You get excited when they call you in the middle of the day, you plan elaborate dates, and you imagine all the ways you could get freaky. But once the whole honeymoon phase ends, which is inevitable no matter how in love you are, things start to shift between you and your SO. The relationship starts to feel a lot less like a Julia Roberts rom-com as you enter reality. A survey of 400 couples in the journal Pr…

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I Stopped Saying Sorry As My New Year's Resolution

When I made my New Year's resolutions for 2017, I tried my best to come up with a tangible plan so I could manage them and keep track of my progress. For example, I wanted to increase my intake of water every day, so I resolved to drink eight glasses a day, which is easy to record. I either tally up the glasses in my daily planner, tick them off in my Fitbit app, or, if I'm in a bind, just take a magic marker and tack some lines on the back of my hand. My other main resolution isn't so easy to …

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Why You Need To Be Following A WOC Activist

The worldwide protest that took place on January 21 has gone down in history as one of the largest demonstrations ever. Over 3.3 million people participated in the Women's Marches in 500 different cities across the country, protesting against all the ways the Trump administration threatens to rob us of our natural-born rights. Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association in New York and an outspoken Muslim-American feminist activist, was one of the four organizers of th…

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Signs Birth Control Is Hurting Your Mental Health

There are so many things to consider when you're choosing which birth control to jump into bed with. You have to think about the convenience, the cost, what the side effects will be, and so much more. But have you considered how hormonal birth control might affect your mental health? Even though there are numerous options out there to choose from, the Pill still takes the top spot for most-used contraception in the U.S. Almost 26 percent of women on birth control are using the Pill, according t…

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The Best Plant-Based Sources Of Calcium

We've been fed the same calcium myth since we were little kids waiting in the lunch line at our school cafeteria: Milk is the best way to get your daily fill of calcium, the mineral that strengthens bones and teeth, regulates our heartbeat, and helps to transmit nerve impulses. All the "Got Milk?" campaigns (sponsored by the dairy industry) convinced us that dairy equals calcium, and calcium equals strong bones — and how were we supposed to grow up without strong bones? For the most part, though…

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How To Be Ambitious When You Have Anxiety

I was an overly ambitious little kid. I wanted to be the first one done with all my tests, and I wanted to have the highest score in the class. I was so concerned with succeeding that my parents didn't even need to give me a curfew — I was much more likely to be found studying than partying on a Friday night. It all seemed to be working out for me pretty well — that is, until I got to college and came face-to-face with my anxiety disorder for the first time. I had all these dreams about what I …

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