Carolyn is a poet, journalist, and erstwhile ballerina and actor. She is currently a Lifestyle News Writer for Bustle, and 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 contributes to Acorns, Clean Program, EHE International, and SheKnows Media.

How Accurate *Are* Step Counters, Anyway?

Fitness trackers and wearables are super handy for helping to monitor our exercise habits, especially when we're trying to get more active time in. And if you use step counting apps, you know how helpful they can be for keeping track of your fitness…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

7 Self-Care Strategies You Can Use To Manage Trauma Triggers, According To Experts

The effects of trauma can be complex and far-reaching, and no two responses to trauma are exactly alike. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), trauma is generally defined as an overwhelming, life-altering experience that can…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

A New Study Says Googling Your Symptoms Can Actually Be A GOOD Thing

I've done it, you've done it, and the majority of people with access to the internet have done it. It's way too compelling to simply Google your health symptoms when you have something wonky going on. Of course, it's never a good idea to diagnose…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Your Daily Contacts Have A Bigger Environmental Impact Than You Think, This Study Says

Many of us rely on contact lenses to correct our vision sans the trouble of wearing glasses, and may not think twice about how we toss them out at the end of the day. But according to a recent press release, your daily contact lens use might have a…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

This Is The Best Workout To Help You Sleep

Sleep can be a tricky thing. Like, I’ve never been able to figure out how to reconcile my love of staying up late with the fact that I simply cannot function the next day without adequate sleep. So daily obligations being what they are, it’s…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

The CDC Just Made Its Zika Travel Guidelines Way Less Strict

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just released an updated set of guidelines for those either living in Zika regions or at risk of exposure to the virus. Per the new Zika guidelines, men at risk of Zika exposure should wait three months before…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

If You Sleep More Than 8 Hours A Night, It Could Be A Sign Of A Larger Health Issue

It’s well known that not getting enough sleep can mess with your health in the long run, but new research suggests that getting too much sleep can be just as bad — and maybe even worse. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

This Subscription Service For Sparkling Water Will Make Your Millennial Heart Sing

If you’re anything like me, you revel in perfecting the art of millennial curmudgeonliness. Meaning that, whenever possible, I'd really rather not leave my house. Seriously, whatever’s happening, I’d probably rather be hanging with my dog while…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

5 Meditations To Do While You’re Running To Help You Doubly De-Stress

Starting a meditation practice for the first time can be challenging. Most people think of meditation as having to take place while you're seated, with your eyes closed, which has the potential to be really boring even if you're trying your…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

8 Subtle Signs Your Therapist Isn’t A Great Fit For You

Life is a complicated, and the curveballs it launches our way from time to time can be overwhelming. In short, everyone needs a little help sometimes, and a good therapist can make all the difference when we feel like we’re in over our head with…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

This New Self-Care App Lets You Pretend You’re In Bed All Day Long

Self-care is a buzzword among wellness aficionados and therapy-goers alike, but it’s easy to overlook its importance when we’re buried in commute times, incessant daily demands, and seemingly endless to-do lists. And as life becomes increasingly…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Yes, Eating A Poppy Seed Bagel Can Mess With A Drug Test — Here’s What You Should Know

Though it may sound like a myth you hear in health class, eating a poppy seeds actually can lead to a false positive on a drug test. A Maryland woman was giving birth to her daughter in April, 2018, when she tested positive for opiates after eating…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Women Are More Likely To Survive A Heart Attack If Their Doctors Are Also Women

While it’s known that heart attack symptoms in women are often different than those experienced by men — and hence harder to spot for some physicians — new research also says that women who enter the ER for heart attack symptoms are more likely to…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here's Why Black Women's Equal Pay Day Is Aug. 7 — And Why It Matters That We Observe It

It's no secret that the gender pay gap is far too wide. For Black women in the U.S., it's more like a gulf. While white women make about 21 percent less than white men on average, according to the Black Career Women’s Network, Black women make 38…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

The 7 Best Dog-Friendly Cities — Especially For Bigger Pups

If you’re anything like me, you probably make all your major life decisions with your dog in mind. Dogs are unceasingly adorable, loyal, and charming, and many, if not most, of us feel that they’re ever so precious members of our families — even…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Your High Speed Internet Is Messing With Your Sleep, A New Study Says

There’s no doubt that high-speed internet is a wonderful thing, but we're still understanding how exactly it's changing our behavior — and possibly our health. When it comes to long-term health outcomes, sleep deprivation ranks as one of the most…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Rat Lungworm Infection Has Been Found In 8 States But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic Just Yet

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that multiple illnesses involving a rare parasite were reported in 16 people between 2011 and 2017, and confirmed in 12. The parasite, called a rat lungworm infection, was found in eight…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

This Is What This Month’s Partial Solar Eclipse Means For Your Sign

This summer’s confluence of astrological influences has been nothing short of a bumpy ride, to say the least. And if you thought eclipse season was over and done with, not so fast — we’ve got one more to go, folks. The August 2018 solar eclipse will…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Are You A "Clock-Timer" Or An 'Event-Timer"? A New Study Shows Why It Matters

Turns out there are, indeed, two types of people: people who think about time in terms of, like, the time on the clock, and people who think about doing what they have to do as they feel they need to do it. And the way you think about time can…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Prince Harry's Used Car Is For Sale RN — And You Could Technically Buy It

If you're into the royals, and you're into cars, you'd better sit down. A listing for the car Prince Harry used to take Meghan Markle to Pippa Middleton's wedding, has appeared on a used car website. Someone put the 33-year-old Duke of Sussex's 2017…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo