Annakeara Stinson

Annakeara is a writer and all around barrel of laughs based in Brooklyn. She is currently getting her MFA in Fiction at The New School. You can follow her on Twitter @totalhellness.

Experts Reveal The 3 Foods That Are Most Likely To Put You In A Bad Mood On Thanksgiving

ByAnnakeara Stinson
The holidays can be a tricky time of year, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. You're likely seeing tons of family members you normally don't talk to, which, depending on the circumstances, could be a good or bad thing. If it's a bad thing,…

Here's An Expert Take On How To Express Gratitude This Thanksgiving & Actually Mean It

ByAnnakeara Stinson
Why is it so difficult to feel grateful sometimes? I don't mean to sound ungrateful by saying that, but in all honesty, I tend to focus more on the negatives in life than on what's going well. And as we head into Thanksgiving, the holiday season,…

This Is Why You're Obsessed With Coffee, But Can't Stand Tea, According To Science

ByAnnakeara Stinson
The question of whether you like coffee or tea is one of those debates that's a lot like weighing The Beatles versus The Rolling Stones, or pancakes versus waffles: The choice reveals a lot about your personality, at least IMO. Personally? I'm a…

This Is Who's Most Likely To Pull An All-Nighter For Black Friday To Score The Best Deals

ByAnnakeara Stinson
When it comes to online shopping, I'd argue that the best and worst part about it is that it can happen anywhere, at any time, day or night. For instance, I've literally ordered discount books and bras on my phone while standing in a (way too long)…

Science Says Social Media Might Affect Your Personality Way More Than You Think

ByAnnakeara Stinson
I tend to be a little cynical about social media. I had to stop using Instagram, for example, because it bummed me out whenever I went into a scrolling rabbit hole — you know, like when you somehow end up on the Insta feed of your ex's new partner's…

This Is Why You Always Remember A Face, But Never A Name, According To Science

ByAnnakeara Stinson
You're at a holiday party, you see someone you totally recognize, someone you actually like, and they're coming your way to talk — which would be great, except for the fact that you 100 percent cannot remember their name. It's embarrassing for sure,…

The 1 Thing You Should Let Go Of If You're Stressed About Seeing Family For The Holidays

ByAnnakeara Stinson
You know the music that comes on in a horror movie when a murderous sewage monster is about to jump out of a bush? Well, that's what I hear in my head whenever I think about the holiday season. Yes, friends, the stress I associate with the last two…

The Pink Tax Makes Your Period Products Expensive AF, But This State Just Got Rid Of It

ByAnnakeara Stinson
If you menstruate, then I'm willing to bet you've been annoyed by the price of period products at some point because, come on, paying $8 for a tiny box of emergency tampons at a gas station is freaking absurd. However, I have some good news: In a…

Science Says Being A Morning Person May Boost Your Long-Term Health In This One Big Way

ByAnnakeara Stinson
If you need another reason to start waking up with the birds, so to speak, I've got a great one for you. Seriously, the health benefits of being a morning person go way beyond having time to make a fancy breakfast smoothie before work, or getting on…

Heads Up: Your Favorite Confetti Cake Mix Is Being Recalled, So Check Your Cabinet

ByAnnakeara Stinson
When you think of confetti cake, what comes to mind? For me, it's balloons, presents, pure joy, and a Lion King themed birthday party where I once ate so much confetti cake that it almost (almost) became confetti cake soup. What I'm trying to say…

Experts Say You Should Give Yourself This Much Free Time Each Day To Feel Less Stressed

ByAnnakeara Stinson
In the past, one of my favorite things to do was simply wander around my city with no plans. But these days, whenever I have free time, I often find myself at a frantic loss for what to do. It's as if I don't totally know how to relax or enjoy free…

The 4 Things You Should Do To Prepare For Daylight Saving Time, According To Experts

ByAnnakeara Stinson
On Nov. 4, the clocks will fall back for Daylight Saving Time, and you and I will enjoy a glorious extra hour of sleep. But the reality is, even if you're getting one more hour of shut-eye, there's still a change in your body's internal clock that…

The Dirtiest Places On An Airplane Will Make You Cringe So Unbelievably Hard

ByAnnakeara Stinson
Let's be real: airplanes are germ factories. You're stuck in an airtight capsule many miles up in the sky with dozens of strangers, breathing each other's air, sneezing, coughing, and you're all sharing a bathroom the size of a shoebox. It's one of…

Here's How To Train Your Brain To Save Money, According To An Expert Researcher

ByAnnakeara Stinson
Saving money can be intimidating — I totally get it. Welcome to the club, my friend. Keeping an eye on your budgeting and expenses is one of those markers of adulthood that you don't even want to think about, like, at all, let alone actually do. But…

Fitness Experts Reveal How To Make HIIT Workouts More Fun If You Low-Key Loathe Them

ByAnnakeara Stinson
Sometimes the things that are best for you in life also happen to be the things that are the most tedious to endure. That's kind of how I feel about doing HIIT workouts. While they make me feel great after the fact, the whole "during" part can…

This Kickstarter Is Making A Chic Jacket That Soothes Back Pain & Relieves Stress

ByAnnakeara Stinson
If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, then you've probably experienced some annoying muscle tension at one point or another. As a writer myself, by the end of the week, my tight shoulders are hunched up to my ears like a sleeping bat,…

Simone Biles Powered Through A Kidney Stone To Score Big At The World Championships

ByAnnakeara Stinson
Professional athletes are another breed of human, IMO. I truly can't comprehend the dedication and stamina it must take to compete in any kind of world class athletic environment. So when I heard about Simone Biles' kidney stone at the 2018 World…

Here's How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Sleep Schedule, According To Experts

ByAnnakeara Stinson
It's almost November, folks, and you know what that means: It's about time to turn the clocks back for Daylight Saving Time so you can get another precious hour of sleep. And while an extra hour of snooze time certainly seems like something to…

Science Says You Should Play This Game On Your Phone When You're Anxious About Something

ByAnnakeara Stinson
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of doing something you love — be it yoga, writing, dancing, or even playing chess — and the whole world seemed to just melt away? No anxiety, no worries, not a single care in the world? Well, if you have,…

The Most Popular Pet Halloween Costumes Deserve A Big Round Of Appaws

ByAnnakeara Stinson
In my Brooklyn neighborhood, one of the most popular annual events is the Great PUPkin Dog Halloween Costume Contest. People come out in droves to the park to watch — you guessed it — a bunch of little pooches parade across a makeshift stage in some…