Lifestyle writer at Bustle. Passionate about social justice, mental health care and proper emoji usage. Probably watching 'Criminal Minds' or a true-crime documentary as you read this. Email me at ayanagabrielle@gmail.com.

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7 Ways Depression Affects Your Entire Body

If you talk to anyone who's dealt with clinical depression, they'll tell you that it isn't just feeling sad. Everyone has days where they're not as happy as they want to be, but clinical depression is an often-debilitating mood disorder that can lead…
By Ayana Lage

The One Serious Health Reason You Need To Stop Answering Work Emails After Hours

I always have my phone on me, so it seems natural to respond to emails and messages whenever they come in. I try to only work when I'm on the clock, but if I'm just lounging on the couch, what's the harm in responding to a work inquiry? According to …
By Ayana Lage

Stop Criticizing People Who Do Things “Just” For The 'Gram — For Me, It's Self-Care

It's easy to be cynical about what we see on social media, especially because so much of it can seem manufactured. I'm guilty of scrolling through my Instagram feed and obsessing over how many likes I'm getting, envying people who always get more lik…
By Ayana Lage

16 Ethically Sourced Gift Ideas For Literally Everyone On Your List

Trying to guess everyone's holiday wishlist is stressful, especially because shopping is particularly hectic this time of year. It can be easy to pick the first thing you see in-store without considering how its made. I'm guilty of not researching wh…
By Ayana Lage

These Are Your Top Mood-Boosting Foods, Based On Your Age

What you eat can have a huge impact on your mental health, which many people who deal with mental health conditions have learned firsthand. I have clinical depression and general anxiety disorder, and I feel much more stable when I'm eating regularly…
By Ayana Lage

This Is What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Toothbrush Often Enough

I try to stay on top of my cleaning game. I change my sheets every two weeks and throw out old makeup regularly, but I'm never quite sure what to do with my toothbrush. Buying a new one just seems like a drag, and it's only going in my mouth anyway. …
By Ayana Lage

5 Gross Kinds of Bacteria Lurking On Your iPhone

I am unhealthily attached to my phone, and it isn't just because I'm always online. I sleep with my phone under my pillow and get anxious if I can't find it. One time, my husband heard me say "my baby" and thought I was using a pet name for him, but …
By Ayana Lage

How To Tell If The Tampon You're Using Is The Right Size, According To Experts

We've all heard tampon horror stories, whether its getting toxic shock syndrome, forgetting a tampon for days, or even leaving a tampon in during sex. Thankfully, your chances of having health complications because of tampons are pretty slim, and the…
By Ayana Lage

The Invisible Box Challenge Is Going Viral & It's Actually Really Hard To Pull Off

Like most millennials, I like to think I have an idea of what's trending at any given time, but I often find out about things way late — the life cycle of a viral trend is often frighteningly short. (Remember the Running Man Challenge? Me neither.) T…
By Ayana Lage

This Is How Staying Up Late As A Teen Can Affect Your Mental Health — Even Now

When I was in high school, my parents were pretty strict about bedtime — if I was awake later than midnight, I'd get in trouble. I was angry because I wanted to stay up all night chatting with my friends on AOL Instant Messenger, but it turns out mom…
By Ayana Lage

21 Gifts There’s No Way Your BFF Already Has

I love the idea of gift giving because it's awesome to watch someone you love unwrap a thoughtful gift. When it comes down to actually shopping for a present, though, I often find myself hopelessly lost. Gift cards are my go-to for most people, even …
By Ayana Lage

These #SignsYoureARealAdult Tweets Will Honestly Make You Cringe

Remember how excited you were about adulthood as a kid? I looked forward to staying up all night, watching R-rated movies, and never eating broccoli again. Adulthood can be pretty sweet, but it also comes with boring responsibilities, like figuring o…
By Ayana Lage

You Know That Old Book Smell? The Chemical Behind It Could Help Prevent A Common Skin Condition

If you've ever walked into an old bookstore and smiled after taking a deep breath, you've already experienced the benefits of vanillin, a synthetic version of vanilla extract. It's what gives old books that wonderful musty smell, and there are even c…
By Ayana Lage

3 Reasons You Poop All The Time When You’re On Your Period

When my period rolls around, I brace myself for the worst. We're talking cramps, mood swings and bloating that makes it impossible to wear my favorite jeans. But there's another period issue that we need to talk about: period poops. Depending on your…
By Ayana Lage

You’re More Likely To Have This Kind Of Personality If You Grew Up In A Cold-Weather State

Many things can influence your personality — your upbringing, culture and even whether you own pets. But according to a new study published in journal Nature on Nov. 27, your personality is also determined by the climate of the city you grew up in. R…
By Ayana Lage

19 Gift Ideas For Your Friend Who’s Always Freezing

I've lived in Florida my entire life, and I have a pretty dramatic reaction once the temperature drops below 75 degrees. I'm perfectly content with too-hot summers and wear sweaters year-round. 100 degrees outside? No problem. 60 degrees outside? I'd…
By Ayana Lage

Facebook Can Now Detect If A User Is At Risk For Suicide Just Through Their Posts

People share everything from major life announcements to what they're eating for dinner on social media, but what should happen if someone posts a status about feeling suicidal? One social media giant is trying to prevent tragedy through new technolo…
By Ayana Lage

These Miss Universe 2017 Gowns Were Definitely The Fan Favorites

Miss Universe 2017 is finally here, and millions of people around the world are watching right now. Whether or not you're a fan of pageants, there's one reason everyone should've tuned into this year's show: the outfits. Think of the stunning gown Mi…
By Ayana Lage

Miss Jamaica Wore Her Hair In An Afro For Miss Universe 2017 & Twitter Is Loving It

When pageant winner Kára McCullough wore her natural hair during the Miss USA pageant 2017 earlier this year, women of color took notice. It was deemed hugely significant, especially because Black women are still told that their natural hair is unpro…
By Ayana Lage

Twitter Is Losing It Over Miss New Zealand's Visible Tattoo At Miss Universe 2017

Nearly 30 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo, so it's safe to say tattoos have been normalized pretty much everywhere. I remember when I got my first tattoo and my mom told me I'd never find a job — times have definitely changed. Still, th…
By Ayana Lage