Ever heard anyone say, “just say no”? Well, it’s not as easy as it seems. Peer pressure is everywhere and affects most kids at least once in their lifetime. However, it’s difficult for many to overcome or avoid. Here’s 10 methods of avoiding peer pressure to help you on your way.
The simplest way to avoid pressure, is to just say no. Whenever you say no to someone be sure you are firm and decisive, or they won’t believe you.
Avoid bad situations
Whether it means avoiding a gathering because you know bad substances will be involved, or just avoiding a certain small part of town that bad groups collect at, be sure to know to avoid situations that could lead to pressure.
Don’t give up. Stick to what you’ve said before even if that means being repetitive. Sometimes, changing what you say as a response can come off as indecisive to your peers. If you firmly repeat what you’ve said before, it’s more likely they’ll back off.
Consider the options and results
If their suggestions get to you, think about what you know. Maybe even do some research. Weigh out your options and what could happen if you say yes.
Have friends that agree with your values or decisions, they can help boost your mental safety and health. You’ll feel more safe when confronting the pressure.
Don’t let your emotions or moods get out of hand, because that can lead to a fight or argument more than a simple no. These people may not even realize that they are pressuring you, so approach it calmly.
Be firm, but polite
Similar to last, don’t start fights. Know what you’re saying and say it decisively, but don’t add insults or rude comments that could start conflict. You want to avoid the pressure, not get into trouble.
Find good friends
Find friends that won’t pressure you into situations and are more agreeable to your viewpoint of the situation. This can help your confidence, make you feel more secure, and more.
Confide in others
Talk to others, chances are they’ve been through something similar. You could get advice or back up from them, or at least get the situation and stress off your back.
Make sure you aren’t pressuring others, because it’s not a good feeling. Keep in check of your words and actions. Not only can your actions cause conflicts with people pressuring you, but if you’re not careful you can also pressure others around you too.
That was a lot to take in. Although there are more ways to get around or face peer pressure, these are some. They help safely avoid conflicts and pressure from others, or even help stop currently occurring pressure. Try some of these out if you or a friend is going through a tough time.
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