How I got rid of my anxiety in a matter of months.

I’ve been an anxious person for as long as I can remember. I used to have phases where my anxiety was so debilitating that I would not leave home for days on end. The excuse I would give my friends and family for not calling them back or paying them a visit? “I’m sorry. I wasn’t feeling well”. And really I wasn’t, but it wasn’t the kind of illness people think of when you tell them you’re sick. These episodes were often circumstantial. The problem though is that…


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Since giving birth in July 2020 (pandemic mamas reunite!), I was expecting all sorts of things to happen. I was sure that I’d get to wear cute maternity outfits in public while sporting that infamous pregnancy glow, that I would go to prenatal classes and meet fellow moms-to-be, I expected a baby shower and visits from friends and family. Needless to say, none of it happened because I wasn’t immune to the effects of the pandemic, even though at times, it felt like I was the only pregnant woman to live in confinement with no one — other than my…


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I wasn’t able to write much in the last few months. Correction: I have 27 saved drafts, but I just can’t get myself to publish any of them. This story is the exception.

The last few months have been challenging in many ways and as a result, I feel overwhelmed with life. Under normal circumstances, I would get my arse to the nearest bookstore to find a self-help book so that I could get my life under control or I would google something along the lines of: “What to do when feeling overwhelmed”. This time, I didn’t. …


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I’ve never really been a fan of Christmas. Unlike most people, I’ve always dreaded the holidays and I honestly find this season of the year quite depressing. The financial strain, the numerous obligations you wish you could get out of but mostly, for me, I’ve always disliked the holidays because I rarely got to spend it with my whole family under one roof. The holidays make me sad, plain and simple.

Two years ago, Christmas day really gave me a reason to be miserable. My husband and I had the best gift of all to give to our family and…


Yes, you’ve read that right.

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Never in my life did I think I’d be writing a thank you note to Costco, but here I am. This past year has been full of surprises: my husband opened his second business, we moved to a bigger place, and I’ve started working towards my goals. I’ve reduced a lot of noise in my life, but my days are still filled with a lot of uncertainties because I chose the path of freelancing. Other projects are in the works, but freelancing is my only source of revenue for the time being. If you’re self-employed…


Yup. I’ve lived through multiple friend break-ups.

Some might say that they’ve never been lucky with love. I, on the other hand, can say that I’ve never been lucky with friendship. I mean, I do have really good friends in my life at the moment and I am really thankful for them. We don’t have to speak every day or see each other every month to maintain our relationship. And when we do see each other, it feels like we were together the day before. However, to get to my current friendships, I’ve had to literary break-up with some friends…


Not really, but please be mindful of an entrepreneur’s feelings…

Being an entrepreneur’s wife has shown me the multiple facets of owning a business. My husband has recently opened his second bar and not only is it a lot of hard work, but he works long hours and he often has to face difficult situations on his own. I’ve been part of this “roller coaster” for almost a decade and every time he starts a project, it almost feels like we’re welcoming a new baby into the family. We don’t have children yet, but I get the sense that running…


My grandparents in Montreal, summer 2006.

I want to be healthy. Like, seriously. And by healthy I mean both physically and psychologically. I’ve bought and read a numerous amount of books on how to lead a healthy lifestyle and although most of the information you find is helpful, it can also get very confusing. With all the data that’s available, how are we supposed to choose what’s best for us, specifically for our mind and body? In order to answer this question, I asked myself who is or was the healthiest person in my family and analyzed their lifestyle. After all, I share some of my…

Nelly Daou

Trying to make the world a better place, one story at a time. Twitter: @TheBeHereNow

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