What’s The Best Way To Resist Peer Pressure?

Dr. Purushothaman
March 10, 2024

Peer pressure has been a big issue among adolescents and young adults. Even after working hard for the things that you stand for, you end up giving in due to the pressure from the known people around you. The reason for giving up is the fear of losing or being made fun of. Peer pressure often forces you to live away from your personality and values. In this article, we list down some of the ways to resist peer pressure.

  • Say “No” With Authority

When people constantly bug you regarding your life or things you do, say no to them as you mean it. Say it with authority so that next time they do not come up to you and pass on the judgements/advice.

  • Be Repetitive

When someone is trying to change your mind or influence you with their thoughts for doing what you don’t want to, you must remain strong with your stance. Do not hesitate to tell your position to others again and again.

  • Stay Away From Pressure Zone

When you feel that you are in an environment where you would be under pressure, it is better to stay away from the pressure zone. When you feel people around you would not understand your point, just leave the scene and exit.

  • Find a Good Friend

When people around you are constantly putting pressure on you, the best way to get rid of it is to find a good friend. Find a friend who shares the same values and would back you in tough times.

  • Look for Role Models

Sometimes it gets very difficult to resist the pressure of people around you. During such times you must look for role models. Follow people who are successful in life and do not shy away from taking a stand or talking about things that they like and do not like.

  • Look for Support

One of the best ways to resist peer pressure is to seek support to talk about the things you experience. By doing this you will know what other people go through and this will also act as a support in your tough times.

  • Speak Up

When you notice someone is facing peer pressure, make sure that you take that person’s side. This sends a loud and clear message to the people around you that you think about yourself and stand for things that you feel are right.

  • Focus

When you are subjected to peer pressure, find ways to excel. Challenge yourself to achieve the best and focus on your personal goals.

The above mentioned are some of the ways of resisting peer pressure. Always remember that everyone in this world is different and everyone has the potential to bring a change. Never feel low or pressured about the things the world has to say to you. If you ever need any help or talking about things relating to peer pressure, you may get in touch with Living In Wellbeing’s expert counsellors. We are always there for a motivational and inspirational talk with you.

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