I write reported articles, features, and blog posts that cover mental health, productivity, healthy living, beauty, wellness, mindfulness, self-development, and more.
Are You Sabotaging Your Health With These Everyday Bad Habits?
The seemingly small choices we make each day add up.
My Body Experiment: Life Without Adderall
Adair started taking Adderall after being diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager. Little did she know it would lead to 13 years of addiction.
How to Stop a Bad Moment From Destroying Your Whole Day
You’re going about your day when something unfortunate happens — you get a parking ticket, maybe, or find out your boss removed you from an exciting project — and your mood shifts for the worse. A stream of negative thoughts floods your brain, and before you know it, you’re completely overwhelmed. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
7 Secrets of People Who Are Always on Time
When it comes to time management, there are two main types of people: those who are habitually early and those who are ― despite their best intentions ― chronically late.
Most latecomers chalk up their tardiness to personality, and while that notion is partly true, there are practical steps you can take to become more punctual.
7 Tips for How to Cope if You're Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster
While there’s no quick fix for disaster shock and trauma, there are concrete steps you can take to cope and begin to move forward.
Why You Feel So Stressed After a Vacation
You’ve just returned home from vacation — sun-kissed and blissed out — but the moment you open your inbox or spot the pile of mail that accumulated in your absence, you’re hit with a crippling sense of anxiety. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
Believe It or Not, There's a Smart Way to Procrastinate
How many times have you started an important task, only to find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram 20 minutes later ― and then chastising yourself for getting distracted? Most people have negative, guilt-inducing associations around the concept of procrastination, but procrastination itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s how you approach it that determines whether it becomes a burden or a tool.
10 Foods That Double as DIY Beauty Products
Ran out of moisturizer? On a tight budget? Not a big fan of chemicals and additives in your beauty products? Don’t stress — just head to your kitchen. You can easily MacGyver foods you’ve got in the fridge into your own homemade skin care line. Here are 10 tasty foods that double as amazing DIY beauty treatments.
13 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and Lead a Less Hectic Life
Whether you’re switching careers, moving homes, coping with a loved one’s illness, or feeling overwhelmed by a hundred little things (we’ve all been there), stress is an inevitable part of life. It’s a state of being that comes and goes as often as our Instagram feeds update, but it’s also something we can learn to manage with a few fool-proof strategies.
Working From Home Might Take a Toll on Your Mental Health
More and more people are choosing to work from home either part time or full time. And while the idea of sending emails from your kitchen table sans pants might sound appealing, it’s not a perfect setup. There are significant advantages and disadvantages to opting out of the office, particularly when it comes to your mental health.
This Is Your Brain on True Crime Stories
Gone are the days of staying up late waiting for “60 Minutes” to get your fix of mystery and murder. Now, with streaming services and Apple’s free podcast app, hours of horrifying, compelling entertainment are at our fingertips. But what exactly is fueling our obsession with these stories? Is it mere accessibility or something more?
11 Things Successful People Do Every Night
If you’re continually feeling stressed or sluggish during the day, bringing some attention to your nighttime routine can help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
13 Easy Health Hacks to Get You Through the Holidays
The holiday season can quickly derail your healthy habits if you’re not prepared. That’s why it’s crucial to implement a few simple, effective strategies to help stay on track — without restricting yourself or skipping out on the festivities.
How to Stay Healthy While Working From Home
Creating a healthy work-life balance is hard enough when you work in an office all day, but it can be just as hard when work and life are happening in the same space. Find out how you can avoid the pitfalls and maximize the benefits of working from home.
6 Tactics For Dealing With Political Stress
Social media and the 24-hour news cycle have made it easier than ever to be an omnivorous consumer of information, obsessively gathering facts and opinions until you feel increasingly frustrated and helpless. Rest assured, though: it is possible to manage your stress around politics without deleting your social media apps or escaping to a remote island. Here's how to find the balance between staying informed and staying sane.
9 Easy Ways to Limit Holiday Stress
Between parties, errands, gift swaps, and family dinners, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. But with a little preparation and smart planning, you can skip the dreaded holiday meltdowns and go straight to enjoying yourself.
9 Ways to Get Out of Bed If You're Not a Morning Person
It’s common knowledge that most non-morning people don’t bound out of bed eager to take on the day, but if the simple act of peeling back your covers is cause for excessive whining and cursing, you may need a little help. Try these foolproof strategies to get yourself up and out of bed.
How To Handle Anxiety At Work
One of the most frustrating aspects of anxiety is that it can strike anywhere ― especially in the workplace. But experts stress that anxiety is treatable. Follow these steps to regain control over your workday.
Should You Take a Vitamin Every Day?
As a kid, popping a single chewy, sugary multivitamin alongside breakfast was easy. But as an adult, navigating the world of vitamin supplements is more complicated. The sheer number of options available at the store, combined with confusing labels and a lack of nutrition knowledge, can turn the simple task of bettering your health into a seemingly impossible feat.
How to Beat the Winter Blues, According to Top Experts
If you’re starting to feel glum, listless and irritable this time of year, you’re not alone. The days are shorter, holiday bills are piling up and the winter blues are in full swing.
Why Adults Still Experience Back-to-School Anxiety
Every year during the last few weeks of summer, I’m hit with a series of unsettling school-related anxiety dreams. The most notable one features me having a full-blown panic attack when I discover that I somehow never actually attended my math class and, as a result, won’t be able to graduate college. Despite the fact that I never once played hooky, did in fact graduate and — oh, yeah — haven’t set foot in a classroom in more than four years, I still struggle with lingering back-to-school stress and melancholy, both when I’m asleep and awake.
How to Unplug From Work When You're on Vacation
In the era of push notifications, reliable wifi, and remote offices, learning to actually disconnect from work has become a lost art. But before you give up and resign yourself to sending emails poolside, just know: it is possible to unplug from work on vacation. All you need is the right game plan.
The 7 Best Vacations For Your Body
If your idea of a vacation is getting sloshed at noon, eating your weight in chips and salsa, and then falling asleep in the sun, it’s time to start thinking outside the box. Yes, vacations are the perfect time to unwind and relax, but they’re also ideal opportunities to prioritize your mental and physical well-being.
11 Daily Habits That Could Be Causing Your Breakouts
You know the importance of a good skin care routine. But what happens when you think you’re doing everything right — washing your face before bed, religiously applying sunscreen, investing in every advanced formula cleanser — and you’re still breaking out? Your woes may stem from things you’re doing outside of your skin care routine.
20 Easy Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life
The next time you find yourself sitting around with a half hour to kill, pick up a book or your e-Reader instead of defaulting to your smart phone and scrolling through social media. Engaging with one story or idea, rather than bouncing between hundreds of little pieces of trivial, often irrelevant news, helps your mind stay calm, focused, and present.