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.

Men & Women Have Different Heart Attack Symptoms — And It Affects When Women Get Help

A heart attack is a serious medical event. It means that the flow of blood to your heart is blocked, and without intervention, your heart could stop. Though most people understand that a heart attack requires medical attention as soon as possible,…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Kotex Tampons Are Being Recalled — Here’s What You Should Know

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some Kotex tampons have been recalled after consumers reported that certain tampons unravelled or came apart when they were being removed. The FDA reports that some users needed “to seek…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Google’s Top Search Terms This Year Showed The Impact Of High-Profile Deaths

A simple Google search can reveal a lot about a person, not to mention what internet search trends might say about a country, a culture, even global issues. Google’s Year in Search 2018 highlights the people, events, and trends that stood out this…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Simone Biles Says She Goes To Therapy & Takes Anxiety Medication Following The Larry Nassar Trial

In a recent Good Morning America interview, gymnast Simone Biles said she takes anxiety medication and goes to therapy following the Larry Nassar trial, ABC News reports. A four-time Olympic gold medalist, Biles was one of 160 women to accuse former…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Sarah Hyland Made An Important Point About Living With Chronic Illness After Her Kidney Transplant Failed

In a recent cover story with SELF, Modern Family actor Sarah Hyland revealed that she struggled with her mental health after her kidney transplant failed — and made an important point about living with chronic illness. Hyland, who was born with…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here’s How Many People Have Gotten Their Flu Shots So Far (Spoiler Alert: Not Enough)

Almost half of all adults in the United States are skipping the flu vaccine this year, according to a new survey released by the University of Chicago’s research center (NORC). Despite warnings about the potential dangers of flu season, the number…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Instagram Just Launched Voice Messages & It’s A Whole New Way To Slide Into The DMs

It's 2018 — does anyone actually talk on the phone anymore? OK, yes, your mom and your BFF are probably still on the iPhone equivalent of a speed-dial, but your probably communicate with most of your friends through texting, DMs, or tagging each…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Read This Before You Get Your Dog A Weighted Blanket

As any conscientious pup parent knows, dogs sometimes grapple with anxiety for a number of reasons: Certain sounds, trips to the vet, or meeting new humans can all result in a nervous fur baby. In recent months, weighted blankets for humans have…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

What To Know Before Recycling An Old Phone

Whether you upgrade your smartphone every year, or you’re still loving your iPhone 6 (no judgment here), at some point, you’ll probably have an old phone or two lying around. And while it might seem like the least pressing thing on your to-do list,…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

The Most Popular Workout Of 2018 Is Extremely Badass

With 2018 being the year of wellness, pretty broadly speaking, it's no surprise every other person in your friend group finally took control of their sleep regimen, got into ~adaptogens~, or actually (for real) started a workout routine. And new…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

What To Do If Your Family Starts A Fight When You’re Home For The Holidays

Families can be beyond complicated. You have a wide array of personalities, memories, and dynamics, all intersecting in ways that can get *really* tricky. Throw all that together under the banner of (sometimes forced and obligatory) holiday cheer,…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

The One Super Simple Hack To Get Yourself To Work Out More

While there might be eleventy billion reasons to skip your workout on a given day — like when it’s two degrees outside and the last thing you want to do is trek to the gym — it’s pretty clear that exercise is important to staying healthy. Despite…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

How Getting A Second Dog Can Help Your First Pup With Separation Anxiety

As any doting pet parent knows, fur babies can be sensitive creatures. If you have a dog who spends long stretches of time alone at home while you're at work, you might be wondering how to ease their separation anxiety. You could plan to stop in…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

9 Ways The Holiday Season Can Mess With Your Sleep

The holiday season can be kind of a mixed bag. While it's often a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends, it can also be expensive, stressful, and busier than busy. Given these factors, you’ve got some major potential for…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

How To Manage The Holidays If You Are Grieving The Loss Of A Loved One, According To Experts

The holidays can be a complicated time of year. While they’re often a season to spend time with friends and family, if you’ve lost a close family member, the holidays can be hard to navigate. Family parties, traditions, and memories can all feel…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

6 Things You Can Learn From A Dog DNA Test

At-home DNA tests can tell you, a human, everything from your genetic roots, to your vulnerability to certain medical conditions, and they’re more popular than ever. But lest you think that your beloved canine will get left out of the genetic…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

12 Items Your Local Food Bank Can’t Accept

The holiday season can be a beautiful time of year to reflect on the people, values, and causes you care the most about. And it’s also the perfect opportunity to give back to your communities in whatever ways you can. Whether you donate time, funds,…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here’s What Having A Messy Desk Says About You, According To Science

I hold fast to the notion that tidiness is awesome. I’ll admit that I’m one of those people who has a place for every little thing — and my desk is no exception. I feel like sitting down to an organized workspace is like a clean slate every day. But…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

How To Bring Up Dietary Restrictions Over The Holidays — And Have Your Host Respect Them

If you have food restrictions, navigating holiday dinner parties can sometimes run along a spectrum of irritating to terrifying. As someone who lives with celiac disease, I can say that it’s kind of annoying to miss certain foods, while also being…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here’s How Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome Is Different From Just Being A Night Owl

If you love staying up late and sleeping in, you might not think much of it, After all, you’re just a night owl, right? While some people are early risers, you prefer the late-night hours — and you might even get a jolt of energy in the evening that…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo