Online Stress Summit Preview, Uncategorized

Online Stress Summit

Screen Shot 2018-10-30 at 16.22.47Tomorrow our second international Online Stress Summit will go live and we trust that you are looking forward to it as much as we do.

Danielle and I are proud to present this Online Stress Summit as part of the Belgian contribution to International Stress Awareness Day, a day where all around the world awareness is raised around the dangers of stress.

We do this with sharing the meaningful and authentic conversations we had on the topic of “DOES HI-TECH CAUSE HI-STRESS” with experts from the US, Canada, England, Netherlands, South Africa and Belgium

  • Each expert has given their insights, tips and strategies as professionals as well as human beings, having families and personal challenges.
  • We get to see and hear how they deal with technology personally and how they advise us, as experts, to navigate in this fast-changing world.

Every interview has its own angle and character. We sincerely trust that you will enjoy watching them and talk about them with your surroundings.

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One thing is sure: It is tempting to let technology control our lives, while the challenge is to consciously choose what we want technology to do for us. At the same time, it is essential to keep our basic priorities of authentic, purposeful living and human connection.

If you do not have the time during the day tomorrow, no worries as we have arranged for each interview to be available on the website, social media, and as a podcast from November 8th.

The conversation on “Does Hi-Tech Cause Hi-Stress?” starts tomorrow and hope you’ll help us to continue it for the rest of the year as this topic 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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On November 7, International Stress Awareness Day, the Online Stress Summit goes life at 10h00 (CET) and every 30 minutes until 17h00 (CET) we have another expert shining his or her light on the topic “Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress”.

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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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Technostress, Uncategorized

Technology and the human brain

I am truly pleased that Baroness Susan Greenfield has agreed to be one of our experts on the upcoming Online Stress Summit, which will take place on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

Baroness Greenfield is an international acclaimed neuroscientist, broadcaster, speaker and the best selling author of among others: “Tomorrow’s People: How 21st century technology is changing the way we think and feel”,  “id the quest for meaning in the 21st century” and “Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains”

With her insights on the workings of the brain and interest in how technology influences the brain she is THE expert to ask “Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress” and hear her view on what we can do to stay resilient and thrive in a fast-changing world.

For those wanting to know more about Baroness Susan Greenfield visit her website

Technology & the human mind | Susan Greenfield | TEDxOxford

I sincerely hope you’ll join us by registering for free on for the upcoming Stress Summit where we will have a unique line-up experts that will help you to be informed how to pro-actively navigate the future challenges without stress.

Your host

Tom Meyers

Osteopath, Body-centred Stress Coach, Speaker and Author of “Futurize Yourself



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.


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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