Prove Yourself without giving in to Peer Pressure!
Time: 10 mins
Learn how to overcome peer-pressure.
At a glance:
- Learn what Peer-Pressure is.
- Learn how to Prove Yourself.
You might hear this term thrown around a lot, but what is it and how does it affect me?
At one point or another, everyone has experienced peer pressure. We all want to fit in, and it can be easy to get pulled into doing something we wouldn’t normally do when our friends are around. Peer pressure is a term used to describe how your friends can influence the decisions you make. Everything from what you eat to what you wear to how you behave can be influenced by your peers in both a positive and negative way.
So, how do I overcome it?
Firstly, it’s important to remember that you have the control to make changes in your relationships, and choices over what you do and don’t do. When facing peer pressure, it can feel like you are a puppet on strings, being manipulated by other people and if this is the case, then you need to Prove Yourself:
P – Plan Ahead. Plan how you will respond to situations in advance.
R – Risk. Is it worth it?
O – Own. Would you do it yourself?
V – Voice. What is your inner voice telling you? If a trusted adult was there, what would they tell you to do?
E – Excuses and Exits. Make excuses to exit up in advance and use them if you need to.
Yourself – Think positively. You have just cut the strings holding you back and taken control of the situation. Be proud of yourself.
Proving Yourself and cutting the strings holding you back isn’t easy, but it is important. You should never be put in a position where you feel uncomfortable or ‘pressured’ into doing something you don’t want to do. You always have the choice to say no.
Next time you feel pressured, Prove Yourself.