Ever heard someone say "grow up?" Well, growing up doesn't happen by age alone. Growing up can be a real challenge for people in recovery. How well you handle the responsibilities and tasks of life depends on where you are in your journey.  It helps to applaud your strengths and identify areas where you could use some help – tips, if you will, on how to build a successful, healthy, happy life. Take the quiz to find out if you know any of these life hacks from Lindsey Glass's book 100 Tips For Growing Up – My 20 Years Of Recovery.

  1. 1 It can be hard to keep your personal space clean, but clutter actually does trigger anxiety. So, which is a tip to help stay tidy?

    1. Get a friend to help you learn tidying skills
    2. Have your friend, partner, relative come over and clean for you
    3. Throw away everything you own
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Get a friend to help you learn tidying skills

    If you don't know anyone who can help teach you how to clean your space, there are tons of alternatives. Find a YouTube channel you like that can offer you tips. There's even a Netflix show: "Tidying up with Marie Kondo."

  2. 2 True or False: Eating well helps heal your brain and body after substance abuse

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    "Healing your brain and body after substance use requires good nutrition and regular meals," Lindsey wrote. It's not only important to fuel-up, but a healthy diet goes a long way. Try dropping the junk food intake and replace those empty calories with nutritious snacks. 

  3. 3 What is one tip that will help you rise and shine?

    1. Stay up into the early hours of the morning
    2. Set twelve snooze alarms spanning two hours
    3. Avoid afternoon caffeine and go to sleep early
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Avoid afternoon caffeine and go to sleep early

    Waking up early can boost moods - especially when you're able to be productive. We know the mornings aren't necessarily the first choice for many, but if you even get up 10 minutes eariler each day (or week!), it'll help. Who knows? Maybe you can be a morning person after all.

  4. 4 True or False: Laughter is great medicine

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    Laughter is awesome medicine, which is why it's important to try to laugh every day - especially in recovery. It can reduce the dark and hopeless feelings and boost our moods. 

  5. 5 Follow-up: How can I find something to laugh about

    1. Hang out with your funny friends
    2. Watch funny movies, listen to comedians, read a funny book/story
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    Whether you're a reader or prefer to watch funny videos (animals do the funniest things), there's always a way to find something to laugh at. Maybe you like to scroll through posts online - find a comedy account and go through their posts. There's a plethora of things to give you a chuckle.

  6. 6 True or False: Social media can lead to triggers

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    If you're not a little careful, social media can remind you of what you may have lost due to early behavior. You may feel like you're back on a rollercoaster of emotions when you watch friends, ex-partners, and relatives act in ways you can't anymore. Don't forget about the features on certain platforms. For example, Facebook gives you the option to simply mute a friend's posts without unfriending them. 

  7. 7 Which is NOT a way to banish the negative and toxic around you

    1. Start journaling when you feel negative things happen to help notice any patterns
    2. Text someone to complain, but ignore the feedback
    3. Create a timeline of events - visuals can help you pick out the trigger
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Text someone to complain, but ignore the feedback

    If you want to make a difference and erase whatever's bothering you, you have to make the effort to get rid of it yourself. Writing things down or making a timeline of events can help you pick up on patterns. Once you figure out who, or what, is making you feel badly, you can decide how to detach or better deal with them. 

  8. 8 How can you set boundaries

    1. Fully understand what they are and how to implement them safely
    2. Reflect and understand your personal limits
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    Boundaries are important for your physical, emotional, and mental health. While many people may be people-pleasers, it's important to remeber that we can't do everything for everyone. We're human and have to consider our own health.

  9. 9 True or False: Even if you're unhappy with the situation, you should try to tolerate it for as long as possible

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    False

    Accept and reject situations, but never tolerate them if they're making you miserable. There are moments and situations in life that we just have to put up with for a while until we can improve our situation. But there are also parts of life where you shouldn't have to give up your happiness and wellbeing. Tolerating situations can lead to resentment and then guilt for feeling resentful. As Lindsey wrote in 100 Tips: "For me, if it's not toxic and I love the person despite the defects, then I can accept that."

Quiz: Are You Growing Up? Do You Need Some Help?

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    A little help can go a long way. Maybe you could use some life hacks to help you get back - or stay - on track. That's what we're here for. Check out Reach Out Recovery's co-founder Lindsey Glass's book, 100 Tips For Growing Up - My 20 Years Of Recovery. 

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    You did pretty well on this quiz - be excited! You know some pretty important life hacks, but we can all use a little push every now and then. For more, check out out Reach Out Recovery's co-founder Lindsey Glass's book, 100 Tips For Growing Up - My 20 Years Of Recovery. 

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    Congrats! You're a high-scorer on this quiz. You must know a lot about your personal limits and how to keep positive. For more life hacks, check out Reach Out Recovery's co-founder Lindsey Glass's book, 100 Tips For Growing Up - My 20 Years Of Recovery. 

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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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