Peer Pressure: 5 Ways to Effectively Avoid Doing What U Don’t Want To

Peer Pressure: 5 Ways to Effectively Avoid Doing What U Don't Want To

Handling peer pressure as a teenager is not always an easy thing to do. It is not unusual for you to want to fit in and be a part of the crowd. Unfortunately, being a part of the crowd these days can be a very dangerous proposition. You wanting to fit in can cost you your grades, your friendships, your freedom and in particularly tough cases, your life. Here are five ways you, as a teen, can deal with peer pressure directly:

Evaluate Your Friendships

One of the easiest ways to deal with peer pressure is to look at your current list of friends. Do they reflect who you want to be as a person? Do they put you in positions you are uncomfortable with? Often, the worst peer pressure comes from friends with different ideals or morals than we have. Consider revising your friend’s list to include those that share your feelings and interests.

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Speak Up

A meek voice in the group will be an easy target for peer pressure. Don’t ever be afraid to be the voice that disagrees with a bad idea. As a teen, you are building the life and character that will mold your life…make it a strong and proud one. Stand up for the things you believe in and you will become known as someone to leave alone. Oddly, peer pressure only works when you let it. As soon as you take the focus off of what people expect and put it on what you believe, speaking up becomes rather easy.

Walk Away

If you are uncomfortable, walk away. Forget how it makes you look or whether you are going to be made fun of. Your health and safety is far more important than fitting into an ideal you don’t believe in to start with. This is how you find yourself in trouble…staying when you should walk away. Tough situations that put you in a position of weakness can be avoided if you are willing to walk away early. For example, if someone is throwing a party that will have illegal drugs, simply don’t show up. This is walking away without having to actually walk away.

Talk to Someone

Peer pressure loses it’s power when you bring it into the light of day. Talking about it with someone you trust is a surefire way to help you see it clearly and deal with it. If you are being pressured to do something that feels wrong, talk to your mom, dad, siblings or other trusted friend. Ask them what to do and whether you are being reasonable. You might forget that mom and dad was once your age and can actually give some pretty good advice.

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Be Confident in Yourself

One of the most liberating things you can do as a teen is to become the positive source of peer pressure in your group. Start a culture of positive choices in your group and make it hard for your friends to make poor decisions instead. This is done by showing confidence and standing firm in your beliefs. It takes a special person to do that and that person is you!

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  1. BusyBee says

    It can be hard to avoid being pressured, but it can be done if you are confident in your own skin

  2. Pamela says

    Peer pressure can be so intense, it’s hard to say no.

  3. Randa says

    It’s not always easy to be the “odd one out” and stand up to peer pressure but it’s amazing when people do. There were many times growing up I had to do it and I’m glad I did. Who knows that road I could have been down if I hadn’t.

  4. Little Miss Kate says

    It is so refreshing when you see a teen who can speak up for themselves and carries the confidence that they can make their OWN decisions. The teen years can be hard, but staying true to yourself is worth it in the end

  5. Dawn says

    Peer pressure can be so hard to deal with and when you pair that with a meek child it can be devastating. Great tips to encourage self esteem and positivity.

  6. Deanna T. (@MapleLeafMommy) says

    Well said. Solid advice for any teen. Finding your voice, realizing where the lines are, and how to be true to yourself are all vital skills that teenagers need to develop.

  7. Pam says

    I’ve watched good kids cave to peer pressure. It’s one of the hardest things to deal with as a teen (and younger). I love this post and what it stands for.

  8. DD says

    It is a hard thing to deal with for sure!

  9. Allie says

    Peer pressure is the worst, and kids are mean!

  10. Janelle says

    and they learn to be mean from their parents. Some people shouldn’t breed

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