Have you thought through what is important?


I am in the process of moving house and sorting through what is important. My old house is sold and settlement and moving day is on October 26th. The new place is a unit and much smaller so over 50% of my belongings need to go.

In many ways this exciting and it will be a relief to have a smaller house with less maintenance, gardening and cleaning. In other ways there are decisions to be made and grief associated with parting with some long time possessions.

Why does this matter to you? Well it is so like life. We need to move on, discard things, ideas and habits that we no longer need so that we have room for an exciting new future. It is a process of working through what is important.

A large part of what people come to me for help with is actually about deciding what habits and thoughts are important to them versus what they really want to discard. There is sometimes grief about parting with long term habits and this is where I have the skills to help you to work directly with your unconscious mind to make the process so much easier.

I have found that I have been clinging to things my parents had in my early childhood that I don’t use or even really like but it is hard to actually make that break. An example is a small red china cat with a broken and glued neck that has made it into the rubbish bin many times over the years but I have always dug out again.

People’s unwanted habits are very like this.

It’s interesting and I am having fun reflecting on it while I heave things around and put them into bins, boxes and bags.

If you are having problems parting with habits, behaviours, anxieties and weight, call me for help.

Yes, I am still working with clients right through this moving process. Apart from 3 days around the end of October, I have 2-3 places available every day. Just book in and find a time that suits you, or call me on 83659513 if you can’t find a time and I will make a time fit you in.

This is why stress makes you put on weight


When early humans lived in caves there were two main threats in their lives – cold and starvation. Our bodies evolved to cope with this by storing fat to feed and insulate us and this is why stress makes you put on weight

The storage of food was even more important for women so they could feed their children.

Unfortunately our metabolism has not evolved to keep up with our modern life and our unconscious mind’s main job is to manage our metabolism so that it keeps us safe.

In our modern day life any form of stress and overwhelm is seen by our bodies as a threat or danger and unless we are a hunter who needs to be able to run fast, we store fat to keep ourselves safe.

Diets don’t work because they are starvation and also stressful. And what a surprise – a new exercise program is felt by our bodies to be stressful.

Guess what… the long-term response is to store more fat.

Earlier in my life I had a huge amount of stress, especially around 15-20 years ago. My weight went up to 95kgs and I battled with it for several years until I did the extra training in stress and anxiety relief.

I now weigh 72kgs… much more comfortable to live with and as well as my old PTSD gone I have a very comfortable and healthy relationship with food so I lost the excess weight without consciously trying.

I use 5 hypnosis sessions over 2 months to both help overweight people deal with the stresses in their lives and also to change their relationship with food and eating. Where someone is suffering from major stress I sometimes do 6 sessions at no extra cost.

This is having great results and I would love to hear from people who battle with their weight and want to shape up now for summer.

Spring will make you reflect on your weight name


Its spring and this time of year will make you reflect on your weight as you shed your winter woollies and try to dress for warmer weather.

Are you one of the many who added a few extra kilos of insulation during winter? So what do you do now?

Diets do not work… they make your problem worse because your body believes that you are starving and makes sure it stores more fat after the diet finishes in case there is another famine. Repeated diets simply increase your weight over time as your body fights to protect you from ongoing famine.

Our metabolism evolved to suit cave people who stored fat in their bodies when they were threatened by either cold or famine. We are not going to change our basic metabolism and physiology but we can change our mindset and our habits.

Studies show that Hypnosis is 40% more successful in achieving long-term weight loss than any other method.

The thing is that hypnosis allows you to change your unconscious beliefs and your habits about food and eating. This results in steady weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight over a long time.

I use five sessions over two months to help you to make these changes in unconscious beliefs and in habits. This program changes your entire relationship with food and that achieves results.

Shortcuts do not work. Diets put on more weight over time. We all know about yo-yo dieting. It is fabulous for selling magazines as people search for the latest version.

Stomach surgery comes with huge problems and often doesn’t work. I have had several clients who have done this then a few years later come to me for help. One had a massive infection and needed to have his surgery reversed, others simply put weight back on again because they have not changed their unconscious beliefs and their food habits.

It is possible to eat a tub of ice cream slowly, or a liquidised Big Mac. It is very difficult to swallow healthy food like meat so people often find their protein content decreases.

DON”T do this!

Just book in to my 5-session program because this gives you a good long-term result.

This is a general newsletter covering varied aspects of the relationship between your mind and your body.

This is why stress is so harmful


Modern lives are busy and so many of you are overworked with too much that you have to fit in all the time. There is very little time out or ‘me time” to allow you to recover.

If you are like my family, my friends and my clients you are probable often feeling overwhelmed by the constant pressure and stress.

All the information or “stuff” that arrives in your head goes to part of your brain called your hippocampus to be sorted and catalogued. Your hippocampus is your librarian.

When too much happens at once, you become overwhelmed and things don’t get filed so your brain triggers the fight, flight or freeze response. You may become angry, you may want to run away or even freeze so nothing gets done. Stress is so harmful.

Your body gets flooded with cortisol and adrenalin, you no longer digest your food properly and you forget things, often important things.

If you recognise this and take time out to settle and recover you will get through the problem. That fight, flight, freeze response is there to move you away from a problem fast.

However if you don’t or can’t slow down and return to calm, this stress builds up and makes you ill. If you continue being overwhelmed for months or years and your body cannot fight the cause and escape, it turns on itself causing illness. People even develop cancer, autoimmune diseases or suicide.

Many people self medicate with smoking, alcohol or drugs and others self harm because the pain of cutting themselves distracts them from their emotional pain.

This is why stress is so harmful.

If you or someone around you is suffering from this sort of stress you or they need help urgently before it gets worse. This is the area I specialise in. I help people to recover gently, rapidly and very effectively.

You carry stress in your whole body, not just in your brain. Every cell becomes stressed. If you are going to recover your whole body must know that the problem is over, the danger has passed and you are safe and that you were empowered to fix the root of the problem.

90% of your mind is unconscious and it controls everything that happens in your body. It is distributed throughout your body and controls every cell, every chemical reaction, every hormone, every part of your brain and your body.

The reason the special hypnotic process I use is so effective is that it allows your logical mind to drift so that you can work with your unconscious mind. When you work with your unconscious mind you can calm down, sort out problems, change the way your mind sees the past and you can make remarkable changes in your life.

Both quantum physics and also MRI scans of the brain prove that the brain cannot tell the difference between something that you strongly imagine and something that actually happens. This is a tool elite athletes have used for years. Yes you can change things in your mind and this changes your life.

If you are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression or you know someone who is please call me to get it sorted out before it goes on getting worse and making them suffer more.

Einstein said “A cluttered desk is the sign of a busy mind …


Einstein said… “A cluttered desk is the sign of a busy mind so what do we take from an empty desk?”

At present I am selling my house and need to be very uncluttered so that I can be out of my house to allow the agents to have open inspections and people coming through. In particular this means having an empty desk!

Oh my goodness, the impact of a minimal house and an empty desk is horrendous! I can’t find things and it is really hard to get started on my normal tasks

Yes I can still work effectively with clients because I have everything I need stashed away where I can get it out easily but writing newsletters is a challenge. I feel comfortable and creative when my normal clutter surrounds me. Then I look at my empty desk and I feel blank which is why I did not write a newsletter last week.

My kitchen is pretty blank and uncluttered also. The bench-tops only contain a microwave, electric jug and my coffee machine. I am making sure the fridge has a selection of healthy stuff to cook so the blankness doesn’t flow into my meals.

My son visited me three weeks ago to assist in the tidy up and downsizing. He has finally taken things of his that I have lugged around for almost 30 years but when he was washing up after dinner he wanted the sink plug… These were put away somewhere of course.

I still need lots of clients please to keep my mind busy and normal and overcome the blank. So if you know people who need my services please do both them and me a service and send them to me. This is especially for all those of you who have come to me for very successful outcomes.

How do you cope when it all gets too much?


When it all gets too much you simply feel overwhelmed and this happens to all of us.

The trick is to put our hands out for help when this happens. If you don’t, your stress builds up and can cause major issues and illness over time. A large part of my work is about helping people who are overwhelmed and suffering the anxiety, stress or depression that this causes.

Being part of a community is a huge help as I can report only too well this week. I am selling my house and downsizing and this process is very overwhelming. Half my belongings have to go to let me fit sensibly in the new house I have chosen.

Thanks to several wonderful friends and my family I am nearly through this process. I have had help from painters, window cleaners, cleaners and gardeners to repair the impact daily life over time had on my house. It is done now and the house is being listed on the Internet today with its first open inspection on Saturday.

During this process it has been a very enjoyable to continue seeing clients who are much more seriously overwhelmed than me. Yes, even those with terrible traumas to sort out are a pleasure to see because of the difference that happens when they sort out the past.

As she left a recent client said “I don’t know how to thank you enough. After years of therapy I have always felt worse when I left than when I went. The other therapists just made me relive the traumas every time.

Now in only 4 sessions you have made me feel well! Plus I have quit smoking.

And after every session I went out feeling so good. So very much better than when I came in.

You are so different from the others.”

This is why I love what I do. It is more of a pleasure than simply work. I do NOT make people relive unpleasant things from the past. If you have been there once you don’t need to go back in your conscious mind.

I get you to use your imagination to dream up a theatre in your unconscious mind to sort out the problems from the past so that they are truly over and you are safe.

As I said earlier, being part of a community is a huge help when people are overwhelmed but many people need more than this and if this is the case for you or for someone you know, please send them to see me or at least get them to phone me for a chat.

Overwhelm can be caused by too much happening at once or by a build up of unpleasant things that have happened over years, even in early childhood. Our bodies hang on to that stress until we let it go and that is what I help you to do.

By the way, I am not going very far… from Tranmere across Glynburn Road to Glynde. It is just a smaller place. I don’t want a 3-bedroom house and big garden any more.

Don’t go on suffering. Just call me for help.

One moment everything is normal then suddenly…


One moment everything is normal then suddenly it changes.  It has happened and you are plunged into a whirl of fear, pain and bewilderment.

It may be a fall. A car accident, an out of the blue illness, a job loss, something happened to a friend or family member and suddenly life has changed.  You may have a few days or even weeks off but you need to get back to your daily survival, back on your normal treadmill.

Ok you seem fine now, you are back at work, you are feeling much more tired than usual, but there are things to do.  You must be over it by now!

But you are not over it.  Inside your body keeps the score.  Your cells are still holding that fear, pain and bewilderment.  The trauma is still there as buried stress or unexplained anger deep inside.  It doesn’t go away until you release it.

The fear and the overwhelm stop your Amygdala, that part of the brain that organises filing your memories, from working properly, so you don’t organise your memories which messes up your recall.

It is also normal to be angry and when that happens the frontal lobes of your brain are switched off so you are no longer thinking clearly and it is all about the anger.

All of this results in a lowered immune system.  You may go down with a heavy cold, asthma, excema, migraines or with more severe stress you may develop an autoimmune disease or even cancer.  Your body is trying to release the energy of that thing that happened by attacking your self because it can’t reach the cause.

Today I reviewed this article I wrote around 3 years ago after I had a bad fall taking out my wheelie bin.  What happens is important to understand so I am sharing it again.

That fall resulted in a compound fracture; actually splintered both the radius and the ulna in my left arm and the ulna broke through the skin.  I was in an ocean of pain, compounded by many hours waiting for treatment, transferring to another hospital, full of pain killers, anaesthetic, metal and screws.

Then I was home surviving.  Friends and family dropped in with meals, a wonderful neighbour helped with my dishes each morning, I was back working within a few days.

Yes I was coping but I was not healing properly. I developed asthma and excema and felt desperately tired until I took some time out for myself and I did self-hypnosis to release my trauma in the same way that I help clients. That worked as it does for clients.

Yes you can still hold your normal self together and manage for a few hours each day but inside you are not right yet.  You have simply buried all that pain and fear and must release it to prevent long-term problems.

When a wild animal has a trauma it releases this by trembling violently after the event.  Then it gets up and runs back to its previous life.  It is over.  Humans have lost the ability to do this and even if it did happen, some well meaning helper will try to stop them trembling.

Leading world experts state that two things must happen:

  • Your body has to somehow know that ‘it’s over’.
  • Your unconscious mind must feel empowered so that events do not overwhelm you

This is what I do using a special hypnotic process called TRTP. It is very quick, gentle and effective and it only takes 3-4 sessions, then I follow you up after 3 months to make sure you don’t have any minor issues left over.

If this rings a bell for you of for someone you know, please get in touch with me to get help as soon as possible.

Do you know the pattern in your life?


You have a pattern in your life, we all do and it is usually pre-set for us by our parents. It carries forward in our choices as adults… Until we STOP…

… Something happens that shakes us up and sometimes we realise… and we change our minds.

Here I am exposing myself by sharing my pattern. My father said no to my choice to do medicine and decided I must be a teacher. He signed me up on a bonded scholarship but I did manage to do a science degree with nearly all medical subjects..

After teaching for a while I “escaped” and got a job as a tutor in physiology at NSW University where I started doing a Master’s degree in neurophysiology. I married and husband no 1 decided it was ridiculous for me to complete my Master’s degree. He wanted me to go the Far North Queensland with him.

That marriage broke down leaving me with 3 small kids to support so I returned to teaching, back here in Adelaide. I hated it, was bullied and ended up with a nervous breakdown after 13 years.

Along the way I had two more husbands, first to someone who developed paranoid schizophrenia and became dangerous then to a narcissistic bipolar man. I can pick them!

After teaching I went back to University to retrain and although I wanted to use my credits from previous medical subjects to do physiotherapy, podiatry or psychology, my then husband (No. 3) absolutely objected to this so I did marine biology which was my hobby, great fun and fascinating but not the best choice to make a good living.

My pattern is clear

  • Being controlled or bullied then rebelling.
  • Dad controlled me, then 3 husbands… my brother’s still try to and get very hurt because I am “difficult”.

in time I found I had both breast cancer and PTSD.

I needed to re-program my mind. I stopped and asked myself – what makes my heart sing? So then I went back to my roots – to learn more about how our brain and our body work together. $30-40,000 extra training followed as I also changed my own life. I started with NLP and then Quit Smoking and I was running two separate businesses.

  • Quit smoking
  • Management systems consulting

As the Quit built up I did more Hypnotherapy training.  Then I discovered a brilliant hypnotic process that defeats the past and heals PTSD quickly without needing to consciously revisit things from the past. This transformed my life

My history helps my clients.  My story means I bring something very special to my work with clients…
…the ability to empathise, to sometimes share little bits of my story.

Clients feel safe sharing things with me that they have often never told anyone– then we can deal with their problems.

Overwhelmed clients recognise that I “get it”.

The biggest need every human has is to feel safe! All our emotions are felt and stored throughout our body and if you have been overwhelmed, your whole body is affected, which is why people so often become ill and 70% of illness is caused by stress.

You cannot feel safe unless your body knows that the past problems are over and YOU were empowered to do this. Then you are safe into the future.

Who is in control of you? 90% of your mind is unconscious and your unconscious mind controls your patterns, your habits and your physiology.
The thing is that your logical conscious mind cannot talk effectively to your body, which is why cognitive therapy takes years and often doesn’t work.

I work with your unconscious mind.

Anxiety, stress, & PTSD happen when you get over whelmed. It may be one horrendous event or may be years of ongoing overload

What ever the cause, the part of your brain that organises memories gets overwhelmed… and calls in help… Then you go into a fight, flight or freeze response.

You need help to recover. The memories of the event are never filed away… so they are always current and can’t be forgotten. Your stress is carried in your entire body. Pills and booze just dull it… They don’t fix it.

I have so many examples of recovery from Trauma but here is one.
A young Aussie girl in her early 20 was grabbed from the street, held captive for several days and repeatedly molested on holiday in London. I met her 20 years on when she had breast cancer and had a double mastectomy and huge confidence and body image problems with her marriage on the rocks. She had no treatment or help to recover and her family kept telling her it was not a problem because it was a long time ago.

The past is NEVER over unless you have dealt with it properly.
It was not a surprise that she had PTSD when came to see me. In our first session I worked on her self-confidence so that she recognised just what a strong and resilient woman she was. She had escaped, she had survived, she had stayed in the workforce, married and had kids.

That is real strength.

In session 2, I helped her run a movie scene where she dealt with the past and was able to say or do whatever she wanted to the perpetrator. Then it was over at last and she was the powerful one who had fixed it. We had a third session where she planned a good future, leaving her feeling safe, healthy, confident and happy and the marriage is now very good.

Yes, I do follow clients up to check they stay ok.

People who are stressed, anxious or depressed need help. Many times it is just a buildup of ‘stuff” that happens. Or it is often things that happened in childhood that are never talked about that makes them more susceptible to becoming overwhelmed or to being bullied in the future.

The process is the same. You need to know and feel deep inside you that the problem is OVER and YOU had the power to fix it. Then you are SAFE

Stress and anxiety in business cost WHAT?


Stress and anxiety in business totals 100,000 hours of lost productivity and working time in Australia every year (a recent, 2018 study by Medibio).

This loss of work time  also strains professional relationships and limits career progression for the anxious individuals, while their employers lose money from lost work time, higher rates of sick leave and reduced productivity.

We spend a third of our lives at work, so it is no surprise that it’s a prime environment for anxiety. For small businesses this can be much worse because small business owners don’t really clock off in so many cases.

The modern nature of work, with competing deadlines, constant pressure, those mobile phones giving an “always-on” mentality can be overwhelming for people suffering from anxiety and even cause the anxiety.

When people are overwhelmed two things happen:

  • their brain automatically triggers the fight, flight, freeze stress response leading to anger, more fear, additional sick leave or they may even freeze and go very slow.
  • The other thing is that their memory is affected because the part of the brain that is overwhelmed is the same part that organises memory storage.

These are not deliberate responses and the people involved do not respond well to discipline or additional supervision, which may well exacerbate the situation. The person needs skilled help and this is what I offer.

People often don’t ask for help because they don’t want to disappoint and they are frequently too embarrassed to admit they need help. The thing is that one in three people do suffer from at least one mental health problem in their life so workplaces should be aware of this and alert to allow people to get help.

I am specialist stress and anxiety practitioner using a hypnotic treatment, TRTP, that allows an overwhelmed person to return calm and safe in only 3-4 sessions. It is very fast and gentle and does not involve going consciously back over stressful thoughts or situations.

Business stress and anxiety can be worse at this time of the year because of the pressures to complete so much by June 30th and often people are so busy they postpone treatment until things calm down a little often causing serious health outcomes.

A sensible step may be to book in for treatment in a month or two but if it suits your financial planning, you can pay and be invoiced this financial year – an EOFY cash flow option if that suits you. Please phone or email me if this option suits you.

In any case, don’t let anxiety and overwhelm build up. The sooner you get help the better.

These are the main areas I work in

  • Anxiety, stress, depression and PTSD
  • Weight loss
  • Stress and anxiety in business
  • Teenagers with stress problems as they approach the second half of the year and those all important year 11 and 12 results.
  • And of course Quit smoking

If you or people you know would like my help please either phone me on 08 8365 9513 or book in easily at either this web page http://quitquickadelaide.com/book-here or this one http://jeancannon.com.au/book-here-2 /

Jean’s been missing in action


It’s true Jean’s been missing in action for around a month. There’s been a long saga and it is all good now! Yippee!

Many of you will remember that last year I had some medical issues… a broken back followed a few weeks later by a hernia. Unfortunately when the doctors repaired the hernia they failed to notice that there was a hole in my bowel and after 10 days of that leaking internally I was rushed to the RAH in a life threatening state. I lost part of my bowel and slowly healed.

Unfortunately my abdominal wall did not heal properly around the incision and I was left with 6 incisional hernias and a lot of pain.

A month ago I had surgery to repair this and I needed to take some time out.

Yes I have seen a few clients but I have not been sitting up at my desk very much so the newsletters have been missing.

The thing is to accept that sometimes “stuff” happens and just go with the flow so that you don’t get overwhelmed because then you get up and about much faster.

It is not what happens in life that matters so much as how you pick yourself up and I am now up. As I said it is all good and I am back at work and looking for more clients.

I would love your help please to recommend me to people you know who need my help, especially if you are one of my past clients.

These are the main areas I work in

  • Quit smoking
  • Anxiety, stress, depression and PTSD
  • Weight loss
  • Business stress
  • Teenagers with stress problems as they approach the second half of the year and those all important year 11 and 12 results.

If you or people you know would like my help please either phone me on 08 8365 9513 or book in

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