When Your Peers Bring The Pressure

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It’s important to stay true to yourself no matter the situation, but sometimes that can be difficult. Sometimes friends can try to push you to do things that you don’t particularly want to do and this is the most important time to know how to say no.

Think About What Will Happen If You Do Give In

Have you ever considered the possible outcome of letting others sway you into doing something you wouldn’t normally do? How positively or negatively would this decision affect you? Could you get hurt, whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally in the process? Be smart about the decisions you make because the outcome of them can last for longer than just the moment that they’re happening.

Evaluate The People You Call Your Friends

If you are hanging around people who always pressure you into doing things that you’re uncomfortable with, you should think about hanging around different people who have a more positive impact on you. Be friends with people who won’t force you into doing things you don’t want to do and who you are comfortable around.

Don’t Be Afraid To Say No

If people are trying to make you do something you don’t agree with or don’t want to do, saying no can be the smartest option. Don’t be afraid of losing friends from not doing things they want to do. If “friends” are making you do things that make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, then they aren’t really your friends to begin with.

Avoid The Situation To The Best Of Your Ability

When you get a bad feeling about a situation, it’s usually right. Follow your first instincts.

Ask For Advice

If you don’t know what to do about the situation, talk to someone else and get their viewpoint on your circumstance. Speaking to someone who has experienced something similar can help you in making the decision of whether or not to do whatever it is that someone is trying to get you to do.

Many people give in to peer pressure because they want people to like them and feel the need to fit in. Remember, it isn’t possible or necessary to please others. Don’t allow others, whether they’re your friends or not, to try and persuade you to do something that makes you uncomfortable.

 

By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Brooks College Prep

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