2016 is yours to create

Do you, like me sense that we have arrived at a critical moment in time? At one side there is the noticeable change in climate, the increase in terror and although we have more means to be healthy there are more sick people now then ever before.

Where are we going from here? What will the future hold for us?


Well, you can sit by and wait for the future to happen and live by the outlook “que sera sera…” and with that also be contented with what you get. Or, you can say “I have a Dream…” and create your view of tomorrow. Whatever choice of view you decide today belief and behaviour is what will shape the future. Do you trust the belief and behaviour of others and wait for them to create the change, or like me envision and be to change you want to see in the world? Part of being human is that you have free will and thus a choice to undergo, level-to or rise up to the challenge.

So what do you want from 2016?

Whatever path you choose, be good to you, always.

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Discover your potential

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ nr. 48 on Radio X from 10 November 2014

I’m Tom Meyers and welcome to another episode of Health Matters. In Health Matters I share with you my professional experience as an osteopath and stress coach, bring you scientific insights and pass on practical tips how to manage stress and improve your health and well-being.

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In last weeks episode, I shared with you that your heart and your gut have an intelligence of their own and that this intelligence can act independently from the control of your brain.

You can tap into that intelligence to improve your health but also to bring more meaning into your life. Meaning is associated with the feeling of fulfilment and increased sense of wellbeing.

Let us stop here for a moment as I would like to remind you of the quest we’re on since September? The quest to find answers to the question: What is health?

For those of you that just started to listen to Health Matters, I highly recommend that you go to the podcast or blog and listen to the previous episodes.

That said and with renewed focus lets continue were we left of.

Intuition and gut feeling, we all have it and at times act accordingly but more often than not we don’t. We do not trust it enough and regret it afterwards. Learning to trust your intuition and gut feeling is like fine-tuning your musical skills by practicing over and over again. How? For example you can do this by repeating the Reaset Breathing exercise or daily practices like mindfulness, meditation or yoga.

While you’re practicing your intuition and gut feeling you can also go on a still deeper personal journey. A journey that takes you to discover your potential or how I like to refer to it the journey to find out your soul-purpose.

You might not believe there is something like a potential pre-destination and that is ok, I had difficulties accepting that too. But today I can look back at 14 years of developing my innate potential and living my soul-purpose or in other words living who I was born to be.

We all come into this world with certain personality traits some of which are dominant others that will develop over time depending on  environmental stimuli. The same is true for your aptitudes, your talents, your unique skills.

You were born with a unique combination of skills that defines who you are just as much as being a man or a woman defines you.

So how do you find your unique skills? I’m sure some you know already but others you don’t and others still you are expressing but don’t see them as anything special but people around you do.

So what I would like you to do this week is answer the following three questions

1. What do you admire in others?

2. What do others admire in you?

3. What have you done that truly made you happy?

Make your answers short and precise.

In the next episode of Health Matters I’ll share with you how to interpret your answers.

Together Magazine Nov 2014

In the meantime have a great day, and I’ll catch up with you again next week. For more information about my presentations or consultations , to visit the blog or to pick up your November copy of Together Magazine please visit my website



What is Health?

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 7 April 2014

I’m Tom Meyers Stress coach and welcome to this weeks episode of Health Matters.

Health Awareness Week Radio X

Today is World Health Day and the start of the Health Awareness Week here on Radio X. A week were the question ‘What is Health?’ will be discussed, reflected upon and given the attention it deserves.

Last week I shared with you the definition of health and reflected on the element if health is a state or a process.

Today lets look at the origin of the word health. Health comes from the Germanic word heil meaning being whole or wholeness.

Now lets use this wholeness reference to our question ‘what is health?’ as you could reframe it to What does it mean to be whole?

Mm sound even more difficult to answer then what is health well think again. Go back into memory lane and think of that day where everything flowed, where you felt one with yourself and the environment, even the Universe itself.

You remember that day? Yes that day, the day where all your senses seemed more in tune and that you could handle anything that was put in front of you.

That day, you – felt ‘whole’. You see that was easier then you thought at first wasn’t it?

But what was it that made you feel that way? Have you ever taken the time to reflect what the elements where that made that moment so special?

If not then I  really recommend you to take some time to reflect on this as you might find some amazing truths about yourself. And those truths leading to knowing and being mindful of yourself are great contributors to living your wholeness and that in turn has a positive effect on your health.

When you put that knowledge to good use I can assure you it will put into motion a great health promoting dynamic process.  And I say this from personal experience.

And yes it takes time and with our never ending to do lists it seems impossible to take that time-out but then that never ending to do list makes you ill and taking time-out makes you healthy… mmm yes eeuh… What? It’s your choice. It’s part of that human trait you call free-will that makes you responsible to do or do not.

Anyway I hope you continue listening to the various contributions on ‘What is Health’ during the Health Awareness Week. Interact with us on Facebook or email. Tell us your interpretation of health and continue the conversation with your family friends and colleagues.

And get your copy of the April edition of Together Magazine where you can read this weeks Health Matters feature (p.34-37) and lots more contributions on health and wellbeing. Don’t find a copy then go to their website

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I’m Tom Meyers health coach and contributor of though to a healthier way of living.

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What is Stress? (Recap)

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 27 January 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters. In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS.

In this episode I like to go back to where we started and refresh your memory on what stress is.

Stress is an autonomic biological response triggered so we can adapt to the changing environment. Stress gets you up in the morning, allows you to face challenges and makes you jump away from that oncoming car. Stress is good and it’s essential for your survival.

However our days are not like the those when we were chasing or being chased by predators and for which this response was designed and perfectly suited. We have some very different challenges to respond to which are more psychosocial: Am I good enough, what is my boss going to say, I don’t meet my deadlines, oh no another traffic jam, or we fret when the bus is late once again,… to which we react with the same physical response as when we are being chased by a lion… increased heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate, muscles tense up and our digestion and libido are inhibited

So we found the cause of stress … it’s our biology!!! it hasn’t gotten the 2014 update yet… but I’m sorry to say no it isn’t that simple. Our biology works just fine. It just needs enough time to reset itself after the stressful event is over.

The real cause and problem that we’re facing is that we don’t take enough time for our biology to relax, recuperate and regenerate itself. One stressor isn’t over and the next one is already upon us… resulting in wear and tear.

Time to relax do you have it? How many of you feel guilty when you’re doing nothing? Or how many of you judge others because they are seemingly doing nothing? I know you’re out there… but hey some of you are conditioned that way by their parents… You must always seem to busy… However, time is nigh to unlearn that doing nothing is a waste of time… maybe using the words doing nothing isn’t really appropriate. Lets call it what it is… ‘unwinding’… and the time is nigh to take unwinding more seriously.

Unwinding is good and should be part of your daily health promoting behavior routine just like eating 3 healthy meals a day, drinking enough still water and some daily low impact exercises.

How much unwinding do you need well that all depends on you. Everyone has a different tolerance to the effects of stress depending on age, gender, genetics, experience and so on. You are unique 🙂

However be aware as even the strongest person of those you least expect it fall prey to stress…

On that note keep listening to Health Matters or if you’ve just joint me here on Radio X go to the website and listen to the previous features full of tips and contributions of thought to a healthier way of living as Health Matters today and can’t be postponed till tomorrow.

I’m Tom Meyers stress coach for body and mind and contributor of thought to a healthier and more joyful way of living.

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Stress: Conflict between biology and culture

Together Magazine #43 Nov 2013

Article by Tom Meyers

Together Magazine: November 2013

Stress, what is it? Why has stress become such a nuisance? What can I do about it These three questions are pertinent when you look at some recent health statistics:

  • In 2011 stress levels increased by 48% according to a global business survey
  • 70 to 95% of all illnesses are related to stress
  • 1.1 million Belgians use antidepressants
  • In 2011, 13,5 million boxes of sleeping pills were sold in Belgium
  • 1 in 4 Belgian employees is at risk of burn-out

Why has stress become such a problem for your health, relationships and our economy?

What is stress?

An instinctive biological survival response Stress is an autonomic response to stressors, resulting in biological changes that have an impact on your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Stressors are a wide range of stimuli from thoughts to arguments, emails or phone calls to traffic, work or environmental pollution. Stressors activate the sympathetic nervous system, the section of your autonomic nervous system that makes you alert, that tells you to fight or flee in order to protect you from danger. While this system is activated, the parasympathetic nervous system – which is all about relaxation, recuperation and regeneration (in other words it’s the rest and healing module) – is inhibited.

Why has stress become a nuisance?

Stress is the conflict between biology and culture I invite you to have a look around you and notice the tools and gadgets you’re surrounded with in your office or at home. Why did we make all of these fabulous things? Wasn’t it so you had more time to relax, make life easier? However, what are you doing with the time given to you: work, check emails, sit on the sofa and watch TV, or rush around? What’s your pace of life and lifestyle? Do you work longer hours, move less often, worry more? Is there still time for you to unwind, to let your body recuperate and regenerate from the efforts it has been through and replenish its resources? A cheetah can run at 100 km per hour but only for 30 seconds. It can only pull off an effort like that twice a day and to be able to do that it needs to rest for the rest of the day to recover. How much time do you spent recovering? Or do you feel guilty as so many of us do when we’re doing or seem to be doing nothing? A client told me she could not take time out from working to practice a three-minute breathing exercise three times a day. She looked at me as if I was from another planet when I asked her why she didn’t go outside with the smokers when they went on their breaks? She said: “Oh, no I couldn’t do that, what would they think of me?” I was dumbfounded. Smokers are encouraged to go for a walk, to go outside and they take time-out, albeit breathing in polluted air. To go out and breathe fresh air for health reasons has become unacceptable behaviour!? How did things get this way? Why do we feel guilty when we’re doing nothing, even though it is an essential part of healthy behaviour? Stress has become a nuisance. Seen from a biological perspective there is no longer naturally occurring means of stimulating relaxation, regeneration and recuperation. We are always ‘switched on’, in a fight or in flight even when there is no immediate danger. This leads to a chronic increase in heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate and muscle tensions – especially in neck, back and shoulders. It reduces blood flow to your stomach and digestive system, lowers immunity, makes you more on edge and anxious, lowers your concentration levels and creativity – to name but a few. Over time, chronic stress can lead to depression and burn-out. And all the while that sympathetic nervous system is active, your parasympathetic nervous system (your healing system) is defective.

Stress, what can you do about it?

Take a break and reaset to return to ease Here are some useful tips: 1: Breathe in for five seconds followed by five seconds of breathing out by letting go of the breath. Repeat this exercise for three minutes, three times a day. 2: Same breathing exercise but now while breathing slowly feel a sense of wellbeing within you. For example imagine the sun warms your body and feel the sensation within. 3: Same breathing exercise while holding (not rubbing) the temples 4: Take time to walk around after 90 minutes working behind the computer. 5: Tense your shoulder muscles by bringing your shoulders towards your ears while breathing in and let go while breathing out. 6: Whatever you do enjoy doing it. 7: Make a list of values and see how you can integrate them into your current lifestyle. 8: Remember that time doesn’t come to you, you need to take time. 9: Don’t feel guilty about taking a break and relaxing. 10: Get a professional massage or bodytreatment now and then FREE eBook: ‘Reaset the return of Ease’ and where you will also find more information about stress on


Life Change Units

Transcript of the Feature Health Matters on Radio X  from 18 November 2013

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to episode 10 of Health Matters.  Where I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing Stress.

Today I like to share with you how ‘life changes and events’ influences your health. Did you know that positive and negative life changes and events can make you more susceptible to illness and accidents?

To that conclusion came psychologists Rahe and Holmes after a thorough study in the 1960. This research lead  to the Life change units scale.

When I learned about its existence in a psychology class it was a true aha moment.

Several patients had come to my practice with non trauma related neck, shoulder or back pain. Most of them said: “they’ve just woken up with it”.

What was so particular that many of these patients had only been living in Brussels 3 tot 4 months.

As I observed this pattern I started to ask patients when they had moved to Brussels and bingo each time close to 3 to 4 months. But what was the relationship with the physical condition of being physically stuck?

The Life Change Units scale gave me the insight.

So what changes have you gone through when you decided to go for that job opportunity in Belgium and thus decide to move here. For months you have prepared it, made possibly a few trips for job interviews and to find an apartment. Maybe you’ve been commuting leaving your family and kids behind before finally bringing them over. Now settled leaving family and friends behind you need to look for a new social network and adapt to a new language. Work is new, and you need to get to know the colleagues. You probably got a salary increase and more responsibility. I think you get the picture as you’ve probably been there.

How did you experience this period? As stressful?

What Holmes and Rahe have done is to give a score to all these life changes. They calculated that if you have more then 300 points on the Life Change Units scale the risk of illness or injury is increased by 70% In above example when scored you have more then 300 points in a couple of months.

The bottom line is that change activates the stress response and and that makes you tense. Chronic muscle tension can cause pressure on nerves and can even pul bony structures out of alignment. Auch that hurts and help is needed.

The stress response doesn’t only have an influence on muscles it also weakens your immunity so some people get severe colds or flue others stomach upsets or become anxious or suffer from depression. Marital problems are also possible or accidents, bad falls through reduced attention or concentration …

Change is sometimes inevitable. However slow down and take enough time to relax, relieve and restore to give your body the needed rest. Get a professional massage or other forms of body-work like stress coaching for body and mind and practice a mindful breathing exercise.

On the Health Matters section the website I’ll put a link to the Life Change Units Scale and you can see how much at risk you are. And if you have more then 300 points over the last years or worse the last 6 months maybe you like to consider an appointment for some Stress Coaching for Body and Mind for more information visit

I’m Tom Meyers stress coach and contributor of thought to a more joyful and healthy way of living.