It can be hard to figure out how we can be better people. Not just to others, but to ourselves, which is just as important. We may think we’re not beating ourselves up, but when was the last time you examined your inner dialogue? How do we even begin to try to treat ourselves better? Well, Lindsey Glass gathered 100 of the best tips she learned while growing up in recovery from sponsors, mentors, therapists, and other professionals and turned them into a life hack book: 100 Tips For Growing Up – My 20 Years Of Recovery. We bet there’s something here that you aren’t even sure of. Take the quiz to see if you know how to be your best and grow.

  1. 1 Why is it important to explore what's around you as well as other cultures

    1. The more you know, the more you grow
    2. Learning about the world and exploring can help keep you busy and distracted from any lingering urges to use
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    It's very important to explore. Whether you're learning about your town/city, or you're able to travel across the country/to another country, there is always something out there for us to learn more about. Even if you think you don't have time to do something new each week, try visiting one new place per month. By the end of the year, you'll have added 12 new experiences to your list!

  2. 2 True or False: It's important to discover new things not just in your environment, but about yourself, too

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    Lindsey writes: "I don't know about you, but in active use I stopped everything good and healthy. That included knowing more and seeing understanding of the world and people around me... Discovering is for personal growth." 

  3. 3 Why is it important to create great, new memories

    1. To replace any bad memories you may have from your past situations
    2. To have good memories to return to when you're feeling down
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    "Think of this as an opportunity both to rewire your thinking and your archive of experiences," Lindsey wrote. Try one, new experience at a time. Maybe go to an art show with your new friends, or go for a hike with your dogs. 

  4. 4 What are some steps to achieve your goals

    1. Create a vision - imagine where you want to go in life; create a vision board so you can actually see your goals
    2. Vocalize your vision by talking it through with someone you know you can trust and get safe feedback from
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    You want to be able to see where you want to go and you want to be able to talk these ideas out with someone supportive and safe. They can help you create a plan to achieve these goals and you'll be able to track your progress, since you wrote everything out.

  5. 5 What is the importance of the language of success

    1. It helps to realize what you're saying to yourself and to others - recognize how you sound
    2. Who cares about what you sound like? The only opinion here that matters is yours
    3. Language of success should make you feel invincible
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It helps to realize what you're saying to yourself and to others - recognize how you sound

    It's important to hear yourself and understand how you sound to others. What you say to people matters - and what you say to yourself matters just as much. Assure people that you're reliable and confident. How do you respond to something you're unsure of?

  6. 6 How can you set up your top 5 values

    1. Understand what you stand for and write down your values
    2. List the things you don't like first while brainstorming
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    Sometimes, it's tough to fully understand what you stand for - what's important to you. So, while listing what you know you like is great, maybe you have to start with what you know you don't like and go from there. Once you know what works for you, you can decide how to avoid what doesn't.

  7. 7 Which is NOT a way to deal with your gratitude

    1. Write a gratitude list or refer to one you've already written
    2. Meditate for a few minutes and think about all you have
    3. Ignore your gratitude all year and then scramble to think about it for the holidays
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Ignore your gratitude all year and then scramble to think about it for the holidays

    Gratitude is like a super power - a rad weapon to use against unwelcome thoughts. Writing out a list of what you're grateful for can actually benefit you physically, psychologically, and socially.

  8. 8 True or False: Substances alter your brain function and hinder your ability to feel pleasure and happiness naturally

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    It can actually take a while to feel joy again after substance abuse. Now that you're getting back on the right track, make sure you take good care of yourself and make sure you look for each little ray of sunshine. Stay present. Chill out in nature. Hug a pet. Find a new hobby.

  9. 9 What does it mean to "show up" for someone

    1. Show up to their house uninvited to hang out
    2. Call them or visit them when you're in need
    3. Remember a birthday and send a card - show up to a party you've been missing for years
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Remember a birthday and send a card - show up to a party you've been missing for years

    If this is new, start small with a birthday card or a holiday card. Little actions like this can go a long way. Maybe you've been putting off going to a relative's game or someone's birthday party - a friend's show. Try showing up for them this time. It can make them happy and you'll be creating new, happy memories. 

Quiz: Do You Think You Know How To Be Your Best Self?

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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