LAKE CITY, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- With
pandemic-induced anxiety and depression levels increasing by 25
percent globally in 2021 and countries scrambling to support
citizens' mental health, one CEO is citing five steps for improved
outcomes during National Mental Health Month in May.
"Some mental health aspects are highly vulnerable to
environmental influences, and the pandemic has certainly levied an
unprecedented effect on workers," said Kevin Guest, chairman and CEO of USANA Health
Sciences (NYSE: USNA). "I've adopted five practices that
consistently bring a more balanced approach to function at higher
Maintaining social support is top of the list to combat the
isolation many have experienced.
"Even in today's hybrid working environment, staying connected
to a network of people, groups and organizations that are
supportive and fun is key to good mental health," said Guest. "This
includes friends, neighbors, volunteer opportunities, church, book
clubs, support groups, community events and extended family
Author of bestselling All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless
Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, Guest grew up in
Montana close to friends and
family who shaped his outlook for living a balanced life and
supported his hobbies, such as playing music. As a teen, Guest
formed a country band that toured and was headed to Nashville.
"I've been fortunate to perform with country star Collin Raye's band, playing at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry and sharing the
stage with Brooks and Dunn, Keith
Urban, Diamond Rio and many
others," he said. "Not only is music my passion, but I've found
it's a necessary outlet for mental balance, and that people benefit
by doing hobbies they love."
The third step is committing to consume nutritious foods.
"Eating a healthy diet can support brain function, resulting in
positive emotional and behavioral health," Guest said. "Experts
agree eating plenty of vegetables and fruit, with lean protein and
moderate carbohydrates is ideal for most people. Because health
begins at the cellular level, good intake naturally results in a
Effectively managing demands of the day, such as planning,
prioritizing, organizing and time management, is the fourth key to
balance and harmony.
"Leading a global company can bring high levels of nonstop
stress," said Guest, whose years of growing up surrounded by nature
helps him calmly assess situations. "In my quest to live a life in
harmony, a habit of setting clear priorities in the greater context
is one secret to regulate personal energy, cope with stress and
avoid a multitude of problems."
Finally, regular exercise with much needed down time brings
balance and helps prevent anxiety and depression, as well as other
mental and physical health issues.
"Relaxation and adequate sleep are as important as exercise for
stress management and overall mental health," he said. "Each person
must identify their personal sleep needs but getting 7 to 8 hours
of sleep has greatly improved my ability to handle daily
Leading a billion-dollar company in 24 markets worldwide, Guest
shares these principles globally and expects work environments will
improve as key mental health steps are taken.
"By persistently working on these five items, I know we can
reach higher levels of balance, harmony and happiness everyone
deserves," he said.
All proceeds from All the Right Reasons are directed
to feed two million meals to hungry children.
Available on Amazon, the book provides 40 meals
for each single purchase.
For more information, visit www.kevinguest.com.
Tim Brown, Candid Communications
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