6 steps to a better mindset | Health Beat

A daily gratitude journal can help you reflect on the many positive aspects of your life, even when you’re overwhelmed by uncertainty and stress. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Proper diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep are the bedrock components to good health.

But inevitably, you may find yourself looking beyond food and fitness to lift your spirits.

“We’re in the midst of a huge amount of uncertainty, so that tends to bring up fears about the future and ruminating about the past,” said Allyn Richards, PhD, a psychologist with Spectrum Health.

If you’re finding it difficult to tame your worries, Dr. Richards suggests giving these six strategies a try.

1. Be grateful

Take a moment to practice gratitude every day.

“It’s sometimes easy to forget during times of crisis and stress,” Dr. Richards said. “But feeling grateful for what we have in this moment, while expressing gratitude to others,

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COVID-19: Heading out for groceries? | Health Beat

At a minimum, you’ll want to rinse your fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Workers in the health care, grocery and transportation industries have emerged as essential heroes in this quicksilver COVID-19 timeline.

The rest of us? If we’re dialed into the health guidelines, we’re planted firmly at home.

But at some point, you’ll need to replenish your dwindling grocery supply.

Larger retailers let you order groceries online and pick them up curbside. Some offer delivery, although there are sometimes wait times. There are also home deliveries from Shipt and Instacart. Restaurant takeout and fast food remain viable options.

Using such services will substantially lower your exposure to others, which isn’t a bad thing these days—especially for older people and those with compromised immune systems.

In-store shopping presents various challenges, but can be done by following basic precautions to reduce your

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Opioid-meth addiction complicates treatment | Health Beat

Poverty and other societal woes have no doubt contributed to America’s long-running methamphetamine and heroin troubles. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Opioid addiction is tough enough to beat, but new research shows that having an accompanying methamphetamine habit may make quitting far more difficult.

For the study, researchers looked at 799 people receiving opioid addiction treatment at three sites in Washington State.

They found that methamphetamine use was associated with a more than twofold higher risk of dropping out of treatment for opioid addiction.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.

The study was published recently in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Study author Judith Tsui, a University of Washington School of Medicine clinician specializing in addiction treatment, noticed that an increasing number of patients she was treating for opioid addiction disorder were also using methamphetamine.

Tsui would start the patients on buprenorphine, a medication

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