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

Anger is a major cause of overwhelm


You suffer a huge stress response that affects your entire body when you get overwhelmed and today I want to talk more about this because anger is a major cause of overwhelm.

Anger is a normal protective emotion to alert you to the need to resolve a situation or danger. So it can be good but it can also be very destructive.

The big problem is when anger hangs on and is not resolved. It stimulates your entire body’s stress response and if it lasts too long it causes physical damage to your brain; especially to the parts of your brain that file and store memories and that’s why you many not remember what you wanted to say in an argument.

When anger activates your stress response it increases cortisol in your body and this causes nerve cells to let too much calcium in so that they fire more often which actually kills some of the cells. The neurones (nerve cells) in your memory areas, your hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, are particularly vulnerable to cortisol.

If anger lasts too long it increases aggressive behaviour and leads to depression.

Anger and stress affect also your cardio vascular system, your immune system, your digestive system, your eyes, your bone density and causes headaches

If you know angry people please get them some help or tell them to come and see me before they cause too much damage to themselves and those around them.

Stress is held in your body and it remembers


How did that calm person who always copes suddenly, out of the blue became massively stressed and have a breakdown? Nothing special happened.

The thing is that stress keeps adding up, like continually blowing up a balloon until it reaches breaking point and a lot of people are like swans gliding apparently serenely along. What you don’t see is how hard they may be paddling under water, especially when the currents are strong or the water turbulent.

The problem with that hidden turbulence is that stress is held in your body and your body remembers. When you reach your limit you get a reaction… usually not one you wanted.

STOP… call me to get get help before you get too overwhelmed. 08 8365 9513

Your reaction may be serious health problems and many serene “problem free” people suddenly develop obesity, autoimmune diseases, cancer or other illnesses. Or you may be like that person who suddenly “broke out” of their supposedly calm life and did something strange and unexpected, possibly dangerous. You may find yourself clinging to smoking, alcohol and/or drugs and find it harder than others to quit.

In many cases the problem was years before and has been suppressed. You may not even remember it. It may even be something seemingly harmless like a toddler being sent to stay with an aunt while Mum was in hospital, leaving the toddler with severe separation anxiety.

When animals are traumatised and freeze, they have a wonderful ability to release all the negative energy of the trauma with massive trembling and if they are prevented from doing this, they die. As humans we prevent this release and retain the trauma until it breaks out, makes us ill or kills us.

Like many of my clients, I was a swan, a successful scientist, business woman winning awards but with long term hidden trauma plus ongoing everyday stress that forced me stop and address it when I developed breast cancer several years ago (all gone now). Healing that was a journey that resulted in my being calm underneath as well as on the surface

That is when I decided to get treatment for trauma and also to do additional study as a clinical hypnotherapist then add special hypnotherapy for trauma on to my background as a neuro-physiologist and a cell biologist.

If you, or someone you know has this turbulence underneath, I can help. Just get it sorted! And I do it differently… without taking you back over the problems. If you went there once you don’t need to go there again. I use the theatre of your imagination to empower you to get rid of the problem.

The thing is that your mind can either kill you or it can heal you. Hypnosis can let you heal.

Why is work stress getting worse?


Work stress in increasing in our society and especially for business owners and managers. Stress builds up, a bit like continually putting more air into a balloon until it reaches bursting point or overwhelm.

You need real emotional resilience and strength to help you cope with all that day-to-day stress and overwhelm.

The thing is that when you become overwhelmed, the part of your brain that acts as a librarian, (hippocampus) stops filing things efficiently and calls in your “security guard” to turn on the Fight, Flight, Freeze mechanism.

Clearly Fight, Flight, Freeze is where anger, panic and procrastination come from along with the churned up stomach and other physiological symptoms preventing sleep and causing illness. Events and tasks to be done simply don’t get filed to they remain current so often disturbing your sleep at night.

Prolonged stress at work and financial problems and bullying often cause total overwhelm and even PTSD. Stressed and anxious business owners, managers as well as other busy personnel require real help and understanding instead of self medicating with the so common smoking alcohol abuse and even pill popping.

While keeping your business systems tight and simple certainly help you to reduce the day-to-day operational problems, many business owners and managers also take your problems and anxieties home each night impacting badly on your lives, health and even your families.

You can get real practical help here knowing that as well as being a specialist stress and trauma hypnotherapist I have had had 20 plus years of practical small business management with fourteen years as a business consultant in small to medium businesses.

Its actually not the problem – it’s a solution


Weight gain and excess weight is not a problem…

Yes, you did read that right. It is solution that your body has found to solve the real problem. So the first thing to do on any weight loss journey is to work out reasons WHY your body wants to insulate itself.

That inner change has to happen before sustainable weight loss. If the inner change does not happen, you stay on the diet yo-yo.

Your body is much more complicated that simply balancing food in with food and exercise out. The part of the equation that is missing is all that stuff in your mind.

This is where hypnosis works.

It is interesting that many people who have surgical gastric bands and stomach stapling lose lots of weight initially but end up putting it all on again in a year of so. Their weight was a solution and the problem was still there.

A gastric band and that includes a virtual gastric band which I can give you, can be a big help in curbing the initial hunger pangs that come as part of changing your eating habits.

However the most important thing is understanding your real problem and sorting that out with hypnotic help.

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but you can start today to make a new ending.

Do you sometimes feel lost?


We get so wrapped up in other people’s issues, beliefs and ideas that we often lose sight of who we really are and what our own needs are.

We are never going to be fully effective until we sort this out and learn to love and care for our self the best.

I work with so many people who become overwhelmed by all the stuff they have to do for others and they also so often believe it is their duty to do everything else before they look after themselves.

The thing is that they are smothered by the beliefs and the fears that they grew up with. They bully themselves, telling themselves they are failures, saying sorry when anything goes wrong, even when it was nothing to do with them.

So many people are constantly helping others and even rejecting help when it is offered to them. There are times when we all need to step up and help others and there needs to be a balance where we need to allow ourselves to accept help.

Help in = help out is a good balance that should apply across all areas of our life.

The thing is that when you look after yourself properly you end up with more time and energy left to do the other jobs that need doing because you stop wasting time being anxious, indecisive and procrastinating.

Take the time to observe yourself, your behaviour, your reactions and especially what you say to yourself. Learn to be kind and helpful to you. Learn to listen to your inner voice when you are tired or overwhelmed.

If you need help give me a call on 8365 9513

Your mind controls so much more than you think


Your mind controls so much more than you think

Yes, that is right! What you are consciously thinking often has little to do with your unconscious beliefs and the thing is that your unconscious mind is in control while your conscious mind is busy thinking and often planning, but not in your control.

That is why some of your best-laid plans don’t work out. It’s why you may have deep-seated fears and phobias. It’s why you often procrastinate.

The thing is that everything your have heard and learned from your earliest days is programmed in to your unconscious mind and the main role of your mind is to keep you safe. If parents with fears brought you up, you probably have those same fears deep inside.

Yes, you can and do add ideas and change your unconscious mind by who you mix with, what you think, believe, watch and listen to, so be careful of what you think… learn to monitor yourself.

Are you self-abusing and telling yourself you are stupid when you make a mistake, telling yourself you can’t stand up and speak in public, telling even yourself you are a failure or some other limiting talk?

Stop and think… where did these ideas come from and who gave them to you first?

For the future look at what you watch on TV, what Facebook posts do you get involved in? What games do you play on your computer, phone or iPad? There is an enormous amount of negativity and violence that streams into our lives every day if we allow it. There are so many toxic thoughts and ideas.

Who are your friends and what do you talk about?

This is important because we become like the people and ideas we spend time with.

If you are mainly absorbing toxic ideas from TV, Facebook or people who bully you, how are you going to change your unconscious mind to become happy, get a better job, succeed in business, be healthy and so much more.

I help people who need to escape from toxic thoughts. I do things differently. It only needs 3-5 sessions, is very gentle and relaxing and does not go back over things from the past”. Recovering from problems is easy when you come to me and learn to use the theatre of the mind to change your unconscious beliefs to something that is more helpful to you.

Are you being who you really are?


We all start our lives as a perfect little personality and even before we are born we begin to collect our parents ideas and thoughts. This continues throughout our lives and many church groups say “give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man”.

That does not have to be true. We can cut ourselves free from other people’s ideas and training and choose to live our own lives. Often we do need help to do this.

What I do is help people to identify the “little person inside” who suffers from problems and stress, so that they get rid of rubbish they don’t want, to be the healthy happy person they are meant to be.

So many of us live with a huge burden of other people’s expectations. As kids our parents, teachers and coaches expect a variety of things and if we don’t achieve their expectations we may feel like failures and may develop a habit of being self-abusive. Some of us a lucky and our parents teach up to be proud of our achievements, others show a lack of support or other problems.

As adults we often collect other thoughts and expectations. We have pressures that build up causing stress and overwhelm. 75% of all illness is caused by stress.

The thing is that stress, anxiety and pressure build up like blowing up a balloon and unless you learn to let some of it out as you go along eventually you reach bursting point.

If you are living a life that others have planned for you that little original person is always under pressure and stressed.

It is time to look at the things that worry you, that are problems and work out when they started being problems and what else what happening around the same time or a little bit earlier.

Who does your little person inside really want to be? It makes a huge difference to your life when you discover this. If you need help, come and see me. It is surprisingly quick and easy without the usual rehashing things that you really want to forget.

Just call me for a chat or book straight in on the website.

Who is the boss of your mind?


I help people to identify those patterns in their lives that cause them problems and harmful habits, because then they can work on their unconscious mind so that they are the one in charge of their own mind.
As we start our life, we soak up other people’s thoughts and beliefs. We even learn a lot before we are born.
Some religious groups have always said “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man”.
BUT you can choose to change!
The thing is that our mind controls
-—  your thoughts
-—  your body
-—  your life

And 90% of your mind is unconscious, mostly programmed by others as you grew up and it is the boss.

So you need to sort out who controls your unconscious mind!
Stop and list the things or situations you have found difficult in your life.  Now look for a pattern
Does a similar problem or person keep happening? Do you have habits you can’t get rid of?

Common patterns are feeling abandoned, or never being good enough, being a victim, having a great idea but not being able to follow it through.

You can change this pattern once you know it is there.

What is your pattern?
How often has the problem happened?
When did it start?

What else happened around the same time?

Some frequent examples are:-

I’m not ok, or

I’m always on edge.

I don’t matter is also very common and that attracts bullies and abusers

I want to lose weight but I must eat everything on my plate think back to why and if you can’t fix it easily use a smaller plate. Until the new quantity becomes a habit

My workshop this Saturday from 1.30-4.30 teaches you how to do a lot of this but you do need to either book in or contact me URGENTLY so I can let the venue know you are coming.

http://jeancannon.com.au/managing-your-mind-workshop/
It is at the Regal Park Comfort inn, 44 Barton Tce. East, North Adelaide. Onsite parking is available.
If you read this after this workshop, the next one will be in around 3 months.  Watch the Workshop page for the date

75% of illness is stress related WOW!


Recent research showed GPs report 75% of illness is stress related. WOW!

Almost everyone needs to learn to manage this.

Stress builds up in our bodies like blowing up a balloon, it keeps filling until either you let some out… or you become overwhelmed and your balloon “bursts”… causing illness and breakdown.

Along the way you start to feel the effects of your Sympathetic Nervous System causing the Fight, Flight, Freeze response:

  • Anger from the fight response
  • Anxiety and even panic from flight
  • Procrastination and activity paralysis from freeze.

At least 75% of people need to release stress in manageable ways. And this is what I will be teaching in my workshop on Sat 24th March. This actually fits in with those of my clients who are not actually booking in to see me for stress or anxiety. 75% or more of the rest tell me they suffer from stress.

I am running a workshop on Saturday 24th March to teach you how to recognise and release your stress in manageable ways.

I will teach you practical common-sense tools along with some self-hypnosis to empower you in both your life and your business. You will learn practical and easy techniques to help yourself through tough times without the need to turn to medication or worse, self-medication.

You will discover that understanding the difference between your conscious and your unconscious mind, also sometimes called the subconscious mind, helps you to make changes in your life, because it is 90% of your mind and because it is the boss, it is where you need to work to make any lasting change.

To ensure that this makes sense I include a small amount of brain anatomy to show how we get overwhelmed, stressed and anxious and then why this is so closely related to our entire physiology often leading to insomnia, changes in weight and illness.

The workshop includes simple techniques to change both your emotional state and your physiology and you will also learn how to do self hypnosis to assist you talk effectively to your unconscious mind to make changes you want.

Knowing how to release stress is life changing so don’t waste time because the workshop is only just over a week away!

You will get tea or coffee when you arrive and half way through. Parking is easy at the rear of the venue, which is very central

24th March 1.30-4.30pm

Regal Park Motel, 44 Barton Tce. East, North Adelaide

Go here to book

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