Carolyn is a freelance writer, and a Lifestyle News Writer for Bustle. Favorite beats include social justice, wellness, mindfulness, and mental health — with an emphasis on trauma, traumatic stress disorders, and resilience. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, and she also contributes to Acorns and SheKnows Media.

If You’re Worried That Your Flavored Seltzer Habit Is Bad For You, Read This

Most of us probably agree that flavored seltzer waters are delicious. Lots of people prefer them to traditional sodas, because you get that fizzy, refreshing, and fruity thing going on without the sugar rush. And, as with all things in life, too…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

The FDA Found That Supplements Could Have Traces Of Prescription Drugs In Them, A Study Says

Many of us use dietary supplements for a variety of reasons, but, according to new research, it’s never been more important to make sure that you’re getting your vitamins from reputable sources. According to a new public health investigation…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

How To Handle Social Anxiety At Family Gatherings, According To Experts

With the holidays fast approaching, you might be anticipating a multitude of family get-togethers, parties, and dinners. And while many people associate the holiday season with warm memories of spending time with family, if you experience social…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Science Says These 8 Apps Can Help With Insomnia

Anyone who’s ever had insomnia (including this girl right here) knows that there are few things as frustrating as not being able to fall and stay asleep at night. Getting regular, sound sleep is so key to feeling well on every level, and when that…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Selena Gomez’s Hospitalization Shows How Chronic Illness & Mental Health Are Linked

After two hospitalizations related to her ongoing treatment for lupus, Selena Gomez was hospitalized for mental health treatment, according to People. The 26-year-old singer reportedly experienced stress-related panic attacks and an emotional…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

8 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Think Your Halloween Costume Might Be Offensive

With October nearly half over now (seriously, how did that even happen?), Halloween will be here in no time at all. As such, many of you are probably gleefully making plans to outdo yourselves with your most epic Halloween costume to date. After…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

A New Study Says Everyday Discrimination Can Mess With Your Blood Pressure Down The Road

Ongoing discrimination is increasing women’s blood pressure in the United States, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease and compromised long-term health, according to new research. The study, recently published in the journal Annals of…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

The FDA Just Banned 7 Artificial Flavors You Might Recognize From Your Halloween Candy

On Oct. 5, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned seven artificial food additives commonly found in commercial baked goods, candies, and ice cream, after lab studies showed that they could cause cancer in animal studies.…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Why Doctors In Scotland Are Prescribing Nature Walks To Help With Chronic Illness

Scottish doctors will soon be prescribing nature as part of their treatment plans for patients. CNN reports that the nature prescriptions are being rolled out for patients with chronic illnesses, and help treat a range of health problems including…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

You Can Explore Your DNA At This Free 23andMe Pop Up

If you’re in NYC on Oct. 12 and 13 and curious about genetic DNA testing, you’re in luck. The genetic testing company 23andMe is hosting a two-day immersive pop-up event called "Meet Your Genes," where you can learn about your DNA in a series of…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

You Should Keep This $20 Supplement In Your Kitchen This Cold Season

Fall has fully arrived now, which means lots of colds and sniffles are going around. And while common sense self-care for colds — like getting plenty of rest and fluids — is key, there is also a powerful little herb that can help a lot. Oregano oil…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Science Says Yes, Hugs Really Do Make You Feel Better After A Fight

Let’s face it: Relationships have their ups and downs. Even in the best scenarios, disagreements, misunderstandings, and conflict can flare up from time to time. There’s also pretty much no one who doesn’t encounter various forms of stress on a…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

How To Check If The Ground Beef In Your Fridge Is Part Of This Major Salmonella-Linked Recall

If you’ve got any ground beef in your fridge or freezer, make sure to check the labels. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 6.5 million pounds of ground beef have been recalled by Arizona meat producer JBS Tolleson…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

This Type Of Migraine Can Mess With Your Vision

The visual changes that can accompany migraines in general can be pretty weird to experience, as anyone who’s had one will tell you (hello, that's me). But for people who experience ocular migraines, also known as retinal migraines, the visual…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here's What Experts Say About Whether You Should Work Out When You’re Sick

Getting sick is a bummer on all fronts. Being all sneezy and achy while feeling under the weather is no one’s idea of fun. And for those who like to stay active, the interruption to your fitness routine can be especially annoying. But can you work…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

No, It’s Not Weird That Meghan Markle’s Accent Could Change — Here’s Why

Some royal watchers are saying that Meghan Markle’s accent is sounding a bit more British these days, and, true to form, the internet is all stirred up with speculations as to why. In a recent HBO clip of the upcoming documentary featuring Queen…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Science Says This Weird Factor Is Linked To How Bad Your Colds Are

You’ve probably heard about the gut microbiome, and how important it is for a healthy body, right? Well, as a turns out, your nose has a microbiome, too — and it might play a key role in how well you fight off colds. According to a new study from…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Sooo Your Brain Doesn’t Want You To Work Out, A New, Small Study Says

The reason why hitting the couch and marathoning Netflix is so dang compelling might actually be wired into the brain. As it turns out, a new study says that humans might have some very natural tendencies towards, well, laziness. Or, as I like to…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Meghan Markle’s Meditation Routine Is Seriously Chill (And You Can Do It, Too)

Meditation is a simple yet powerful mental training tool, and it’s accessible to anyone who's open to its stress-relieving and mind-centering abilities. No matter what your personal preferences may be, there’s a meditation technique for pretty much…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Lululemon Is Literally Giving Away Free Running Gear In These Cities

Runners, are you paying attention? If you're training for a race in New York City or Chicago, you can get free running gear courtesy of Lululemon's Run Stop Shops, Well + Good reports. In fact, you don't even need to be training for a race — you…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo