Digital Transformation without Stress

What we got in stall for you

“Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress?” That is the theme of this years Online Stress Summit and one Danielle and I asked all experts.

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We also asked:

  • What inspired them to be interested in this topic?
  • How they see the future evolve, will it be more or less stressful?
  • Their number 1-tip to to prevent technology from being stressful?

Register for FREE to the Online Stress Summit to find out their answers. in the meanwhile here are the preview with neuroscientist and author Baroness Susan Greenfield and Stress Specialist and founder of the Stress Less Clinic Sean D. Waters.


Digital Transformation without Stress

Digital Transformation without Stress: Part 1

Article by your Online Stress Summit host Tom Meyers: Osteopath, Body-centred Stress Coach, ISMA member and author of “Futurize Yourself – Design your life on Purpose

artificial-intelligence-3382507_1920.jpgNew technologies are changing the way we live and work with a speed and scope unlike anything humanity has experienced before.

For example:

  • Soon you will not be driving to work but being driven as cars will increase being automated, less pollutive as they are electric and traffic jams something of the past.
  • Advances in speech technology will have us talk more and more to our digital devices and replace typing commands. Your personal AI will become your best friend, your therapist, your personal secretary and personal shopper and style consultant.
  • With the Internet of Things (IoT) that will connect everything and anything, lights will switch on automatically wherever you go and off when you leave. You won’t need an employee ID card anymore to walk into your office, and at every moment of the day your location and activity, that of your partner and kids and anything connected can be monitored in real time.

So in many ways, we’re experiencing an amazing time in human history. A time where emerging technologies will provide us with new means to make life easier and contribute to making the way we work and produce anything more sustainable and cost-effective.

Like the bodies autonomous nervous system – our control system that acts mostly unconsciously and regulates essential bodily functions – technology has the potential, when it continues to become more performant, to be our control system that will help us to adapt (1) with more ease to our environment and over time even anticipate our needs (2).

With adaptability being a key component of evolution we can thus take in consideration that technology might be just part of a natural process. An evolutionary process comparable to when single-celled organisms started to collaborate and evolved into multi-cellular life forms because cells who were working together benefited more from doing so than they did from living alone (3).

On the other hand, while technology is and will continue to contribute to our adaptability and evolution, there are however some adverse effects that need to be taken into account and acted upon. Here are three that are at the forefront of my mind and which will cause additional stress when not addressed during the digital transformation:

The adverse effect on jobs:

When work processes and production of goods are increasingly being optimised and become more efficient, fewer people are needed to perform the same task. So some people will lose their job and require to learn new skills which in itself isn’t without its challenges.

Stressors are the loss of your job, financial insecurity, having to learn new skills, losing colleagues, more responsibility, increase in demands with less resources…

The effect on security:

There are many ethical aspects to be considered regarding what is done with the data that is collected as it can be used for other purposes than for our benefit.

Stressors are the misuse of your data, being manipulated, over-consumption…

The effect on health and well-being:

When more and more parts of our life are automated, we may not forget to keep stimulating the brain. The brain is just like a muscle – use it or lose it – and losing brain mass means it becomes less resilient, it has an effect on memory, creativity, productivity and behavior.

Stressors are increased stress, being more prone for illnesses or accidents, depression, burnout, losing your job because of under-performance or chronic illness…

To be continued…



Tom_Meyers_P2As host of the Online Stress Summit I like to contribute in the coming weeks some of my thoughts, insights and experiences on this most pertinent question: Does Hi-tech cause Hi-Stress?

I will do this by posting my thoughts in a series of posts under the title “Digital transformation without Stress” where I’ll cover a wide range of ideas from my professional experience as an osteopath and body-centred stress coach but also from my research on the topic and insights from books I’ve read.

I also hope that these journaled articles  are an inspiration to you to join the FREE Online Stress Summit and become a better informed human being for it. Informed and therefore wiser to thrive in a fast-changing world.

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See our great line-up of experts

Am very happy that the FREE Online Stress Summit is taking shape.

We have a truly amazing line-up of experts that will share their view on the theme “DOES HI-TECH CAUSE HI-STRESS”

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Carole Spiers: Chair of the Int. Stress management Association (ISMA)

Heidi Hanna: Exec. Director of the American Institute of Stress (AIS)

Baroness Susan Greenfield: Neuroscientist and Author

Christian Kromme: Futurist and Author

Lynda Shaw PhD: Business Psychologist, Neuroscientist and Author

Graeme Codrington: Co-founder and int. director TomorrowToday

Deanne Barret: Teen Resilience Coach

Matthias Dewilde: Digital Stress Expert

Sean Waters: Founder of the Stress Less Clinic®

Angie Joerin: Director of Psychology at X2 AI Inc (Chatbot Tess).

Your hosts are:

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Tom Meyers: Osteopath, Body-centred Stress Coach and Author

Danielle Sax: Physiotherapist, Speaker, Self-Care Coach and Author

Find out more about the hosts and experts on the website

And hereby we would like to thank the American Institute of Stress (AIS) and UK Health Radio for their support.

To get into the spirit of the Online Stress Summit with the theme Does Hi-tech cause hi-stress watch the previews of the interviews Danielle and I will share with you on November 7th


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The impact of technology on the brain?

Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 20.53.59.pngFor the upcoming Online Stress Summit Danielle and I (Tom) are interviewing experts from around the world to give their view on the theme “Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress”

Here below you find a preview of one of the interviews that you will be able to view in full on November 7th, International Stress Awareness day.

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Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, FRCP (Hon), has held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York. She has since been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities.

In 2000 she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. Further international recognition of her work has included the ‘Golden Plate Award’ (2003) from the Academy of Achievement, Washington, the L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (2003), from the French Government, and the 2010 Australian Medical Research Society Medal. She has held a Visiting Professorship at the Medical School, University of Melbourne, Australia and is currently CEO of a biotech company ( that she founded in 2013.



International Stress Awareness Day

7 November 2018

This year the International Stress Management Association UK (ISMA) has chosen on the theme “Does Hi-Tech Cause Hi-Stress?” for the  International Stress Awareness Day (INSAD) on November 7th.

There is no doubt that technology impacts all our lives, and it is thus appropriate that ISMA is involved in a debate about the positive and the adverse effects it can have, and how on the other hand technology can also contribute to our advantage.

As hosts of the stress summit we want to contribute to the debate with meaningful conversations with international experts on this topic that concerns us all.

We are living at a critical time in human history. A time where new emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning are reshaping our world with a speed, scope and complexity unlike anything humankind has experienced before. How will we cope and stay healthy, knowing, that in this fast changing world we will faces challenges we can’t even imagine today and bring along more stress while life today is already stressful and difficult to manage.

If you want to be kept informed about the upcoming free stress summit then please register for free today on

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AI and the future of mental health care

Can an integrative psychological artificial intelligence help to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety?

tess.png“In other words can an artificially intelligent tool, capable of compassionate text or voice conversations that you download on your phone, help augment the work of human therapists?”

What ones was thought of being science fiction has become science fact and we ain’t seen nothing yet.

I believe there can not be any doubt anymore that technology will continue to impact all our lives with a speed and scope never experienced before in human history.

However change is stressful and the impact of change on health and well-being is one therapists see on a daily basis.

It is therefore essential that we, the hosts of the Online Stress Summit and members of  the International Stress Management Association are involved in discussing this topic and share our experiences and conduct meaningful conversations with international experts about the positive and the adverse effects it can have, and how on the other hand technology can also contribute to our advantage.

One of these contributing technologies we will address is the Mental Health Chatbot.  The Mental Health Chatbot is a tool that coaches people through tough times to build resilience, by having text message conversations – in the same way, a therapist would.

So am really pleased that the people behind Mental Health Chatbot Tess have agreed to a conversation and more… but more about that later 😉


FREE Online Stress Summit

7 November 2018

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Sign-up TODAY to the FREE Online Stress Summit and join the conversation.

You’ll get:

▶︎ EXCLUSIVE access to the Online Stress Summit
▶︎ ACCESS to all interviews afterwards
▶︎ FREE bonus material in the weeks before the summit
▶︎ BONUS access to all interviews from the 2017 summit


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