Online Stress Summit Preview

How to become better at being human?

Screen Shot 2018-09-09 at 17.00.31Our second international Online Stress Summit is only 6 days from now and we are getting excited about everything that we have in place for you.

In the last weeks, we have talked more about the link between technology and stress than ever before: at home, in our practice, during social interactions and of course in our interviews with global experts. Clearly, almost everybody is intrigued, to say the least, about what the future of high-technology, automation and artificial intelligence is going to do with us as human beings.

And one thing is sure: It is more important than EVER to emphasize the “human” and the “being” in our society. If we want to stay in control and use technology in a positive way, we need to manage and adapt our behaviour around technology. At the same time, keep our basic priorities of authentic, purposeful living and human connection.

Each expert that we interviewed gives his/her own view, knowledge and tips on how to do that. Every interview has its own angle and character. We sincerely trust that you will enjoy watching them and talk about them with your surroundings.

“Does Hi-Tech Cause Hi-Stress?”can be a topic for the rest of the year as we will keep on spreading this Summit globally for everyone to watch, also after November 7th. It touches not only our lives but the lives, health and well-being of generations to come, of our children and grandchildren.

So join us in one of the most important conversations of our time.

Your hosts

Tom and Danielle

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Dr Lynda Shaw is an experienced entrepreneur having owned 3 businesses including a health club with 2000 members and 20 staff.  She holds a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience, specialising in the unconscious processing of emotion and communication.

She is a registered chartered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association, a Forbes contributor as well as an author of adult and children’s books.  Her latest is a business book called Your Brain Is Boss, a guide to becoming wealthier, healthier and happier.

Graeme Codrington (SA) is an internationally recognised futurist. He specialises in the future of work and has helped companies across the world to understand the forces that will shape our lives in the next ten years.

He’s worth listening to because he has five degrees, five best-selling books and lectures at five international universities including London Business School and Duke. But don’t worry, he’s not a boring academic; he’s steeped in business knowledge having worked at KPMG, for an IT start-up and in the charity sector.

He is also one of the founders of strategy consulting firm TomorrowToday Global.


Setting digital boundaries

macbook-667280_1920Why talk about hi-tech and stress… according to new study, Americans spend half the day on their devices… I’m not sure of the numbers in Europe but I don’t think we are far behind.

Read this interesting article (6 Aug 2018) by Rebecca Muller, Editorial Fellow at Thrive Global.

Americans Spend Half The Day On Their Devices According to New Study

Companies behind addictive social media platforms want you to pay attention to the time you’re spending online, so we asked an expert about what we can do to set our own boundaries.

Would you spend less time on your phone if Facebook counted the minutes you were scrolling through your feed?

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Technostress, Uncategorized

Impact of technology on health

What will be the new and emerging occupational safety and health risks associated with information and communication technologies and work location by 2025?

Review of trends

In my search for information on the impact of technology on stress, health and well-being, I found this interesting document on “The Foresight Project” commissioned by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

This foresight project will be carried out in three distinct work packages:

  • The first to identify key contextual drivers of change and trends that could contribute to creating new and emerging risks associated with ICT;
  • The second to develop scenarios of the future and to use these to explore the future OSH challenges and opportunities;
  • The third to promote the project findings and use of the scenarios to address the future OSH challenges.

I’ve send an email to EU-OSHA to see if anyone could be contacted for an interview for the upcoming Online Stress Summit.

Review of trends and drivers of change in information and communication technologies and work location

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has a vision to be the European centre of excellence for occupational safety and health (OSH) information, promoting a preventive culture to support the goal of making Europe’s current and future workplaces safe, healthy and productive. Following a review of priorities, EU-OSHA has commissioned a two year foresight project to provide credible and high quality information on “New and emerging occupational safety and health risks associated with information and communication technologies and work location by 2025.”

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I’ve picked out some changes (here below) that have the potential to increase stress… but there are many more. It’s better to be warned and even better is to act today to implement strategies to become more resilient


S1.6 Increasing number of workers with chronic and complex health problems

… Digital technologies and the ‘always on’ 24/7 society has the potential to create stresses and pressures that could exacerbate existing (mental health) disorders or create new ones.

S2.1 Flexible working patterns

… This precarious employment can lead to stress and ill-health as workers may not able to properly look after their health as they move from one geographical location to another in search of their next contract.

Increasingly blurred boundaries between work and personal life can lead to a perceived or real need to be available to work colleagues 24/7 resulting in a lack of sufficient down-time and potential for burn- out. Globally, around 50% of individuals claim an urge to monitor work emails at home. Individuals in the UK, Spain and Germany under the age of 35 are twice as likely to experience anxiety being away from their electronic devices, than those over 35. This has been referred to as ‘technostress’.

S2.2 Virtual workplaces

The virtualisation of the workplace is being driven by an increasing pace of ICT technological developments. This can result in:

  • A removal of the boundaries between work and home life.
  • Increasing virtualisation of work relationships.
  • Fear of Missing Out (FOMO); and
  • Confusion between what is urgent and what is important.

All the above can lead to OSH risks including increased stress, social anxiety or burnout. Also, people working in different time zones to colleagues can create a need to be available at unsociable times of the day in order to collaborate.

It is likely that the intensity of work will increase with an absence of supervised work schedules or working hours, which may lead to stress and burn- out. Workers will need to develop better skills for managing and organising their workload to create a good work-life balance that supports

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Technostress, Teen Stress, Uncategorized

Mobile phone addiction

It’s time to take back control


Article from the Guardian:

Saturday 28 January 2018

by Stuart Dredge


With more than half of young adults admitting to excessive use of smartphones, we look at the apps designed to break the habit

As a tech writer who has written regularly about apps, I’m well aware of the addictive nature of smartphones. It was during a 2am panic attack after waking up, reaching for my smartphone and reading a tweetstorm about the latest Donald Trump controversy that I realised I may have a problem. That, and the fact that even my 10-year-old son had started telling me to put my phone down when he caught me not paying attention.

I’m not alone. When Deloitte surveyed 4,150 British adults in 2017 about their mobile habits, 38% said they thought they were using their smartphone too much. Among 16- to 24-year-olds, that rose to more than half. Habits such as checking apps in the hour before we go to sleep (79% of us do this, according to the study) or within 15 minutes of waking up (55%) may be taking their toll on our mental health.


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