ISMA Stress Conference

ISMA Stress Conference, London

Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress

Conference on 9 November 2018, London

The annual conference of the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) is the high point of the year for the stress industry, and we’re very much hoping to see you there. If you’ve booked already, well done. If you’re still deciding… well, this is your last chance, so let’s be hearing from you!

At the ISMA conference, you can enjoy all the brilliance and insight of top specialists assembled from many countries. And all the charm of the smaller, intimate conference, in the tasteful surroundings of the Royal Over-Seas League.

Check how much we’ve packed into this special day, Friday, 9th November.

Major keynote speeches 
Grenfell night, by the woman fire chief in charge. A Paralympic swimmer on fighting physical challenge. Harnessing AI, taming your smartphone, the taboo of asking for help… and many other stress-related topics.

Lively debates & workshops 
Small-group discussions with major experts in their field  –  simply choose the subject that appeals to you. Also a chance to quiz all the experts together up on the platform, where nobody pulls their punches!

Top-quality networking 
Truly unique forum for meeting your fellow specialists in this important branch of health and well being. Make valuable new business contacts. Enjoy the interplay of ideas in these elegant bland surroundings.

Just over a week to go.  Friday 9th November is sooner than you think. Make sure of your ticket: BOOK NOW

Best regards,

Carole Spiers

Carole Spiers FISMA, FPSA, MIHPE
Chair ISMA[UK],
International Stress Awareness Week
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Technostress, Uncategorized

The Future of Stress

Do you think technology is making life more or less stressful?

Great video found on

Is stress just an engineering problem — and could we simply program our brains to relax? Chronic stress is a horrible affliction that can lead to depression, cardiovascular disease, and even genetically pass down to our children. Jonathan Strickland looks into the future of stress and sees what role technology might have in reducing our anxiety. We want to know your thoughts.


Technostress, Uncategorized

Technology turns us into addicts

15 million UK internet users have tried a ”digital detox”

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This is how technology turns us into addicts

Article published on the website of the World Economic Forum (14 Jun 2018) in collaboration with The Conversation

The World Health Organisation is to include “gaming disorder”, the inability to stop gaming, into the International Classification of Diseases. By doing so, the WHO is recognising the serious and growing problem of digital addiction. The problem has also been acknowledged by Google, which recently announced that it will begin focusing on “Digital Well-being”.

Although there is a growing recognition of the problem, users are still not aware of exactly how digital technology is designed to facilitate addiction. We’re part of a research team that focuses on digital addiction and here are some of the techniques and mechanisms that digital media use to keep you hooked.

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Teen Stress, Uncategorized

Digital Stress

Digital stress: What is it, how does it affect teens and how can you help?


This is an article was published by RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP on the Los Angeles Childrens’s Hospital website.

Recently, I came across an article about digital stress and its effects on teenagers. Working in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, this is often a topic of concern for teenagers and their families.

More now than ever, teenagers are constantly connected to their peers through cell phones or computer internet access. For adolescents, communication is an integral part of their social experience. This can lead to positive interactions for the adolescent but it has the potential for negative ones as well.

To help explain digital stress and how parents can help, I enlisted the help of Dr. Mari Radzik, Coordinator of Mental Health Services at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult medicine.

“What I’ve seen in my practice over the years is how pervasive the online social media experience is for youth. Now that Facebook has moved into parents use, adolescents have moved to other social media sites such as Snap Chat or Instagram. Our youth today would much rather text or social network on their phones,” Dr. Radzik said.

This type of connection with friends and significant others is often easier to hide from parents and caregivers and could leave the adolescent vulnerable to the effects of digital stress

What is Digital Stress?

Digital stress is… >>>

Continue reading this article on the CHLA website

For the Online Stress Summit we’ll be interviewing digital stress expert, author & consultant, Matthias Dewilde.

Matthias_DewildeAfter experiencing a long term screen & gaming addiction himself, he now guides children, parents & companies alike in creating a more balanced on- & offline lifestyle at home or at work.

His clients, including Marriott, Teamleader & Cronos, have relied on him to show the impact technology is having on our wellbeing & our kids – and how to thrive & find peace in a world filled with devices.

As a speaker he is connected to organizations such as Child Focus and received national acclaim & press coverage for his engagements and contributions to treating screen & gaming addiction.


Future of Work, Uncategorized

BOREDOM, the hidden risk of automation

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Interesting article by performance scientist, keynote speaker and author James Hewitt published (30 Nov 2017) on the website of the World Economic Forum.


Are we at risk of boring ourselves to death? Less than 5% of occupations are 100% automatable, according to estimates. However, 30% of the work involved in most jobs could be carried out by machines. For the overworked employee, a reduced workload sounds attractive. A robotized future in which humans are on permanent vacation might be idyllic.


However, there is a bias common to cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and economics against the costly and tiring nature of effort. This bias may cause us to underestimate both the value of exertion and the risks boredom brings.


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