Hey guys Happy Monday!!! I hope you all have a wonderful and productive week.
A lot of us I'm sure have gone through peer pressure at some point in our lives right? What causes peer pressure? How does one deal with peer pressure? These are questions people ask from time to time.
As far as I have seen to me peer pressure is a really hard thing to deal with especially around peers. I personally have never really experienced peer pressure but from what I seem hear and learn, I will try my utmost best to put it in the post.
It's not easy sometimes when you see your friends living a certain kind of lifestyle and your the odd one out. You start to think, I want to fit in, I want to have the same lifestyle too. You go to the store with your friends and you see them buying things that's not in your budget, because you want to fit in the thought of stealing an item or two comes to thought.
Instead of trying to fit in, why not stand out. Don't be ashamed if your parents don't have money like other s do, instead work hard in school to have a better life and appreciate what they are doing for you.
Peer pressure comes In different ways and that was just one example that I gave above. Another example Is seeing your friends smoking/ drinking/ indulging in the use of drugs and because you want to be the cool guy or girl you say hey I want to try it too or it may even be they suggested that you do and even pressure you into trying it by boosting you and you give into temptation. Know this, not because they do it amd you don't see anything happening to them that means it may have the same effect on you. Always have a mind of your own, stand up for what is right and also portray how you were taught at home. If it's the fact that your parents do smoke, you don't have to be like them!!! Try to make a difference and set example s for them instead, annoy them about stopping if you must.
One major peer pressure I see amount teens is Sex. Not because your friends are indulging in the act means you need to. You might hear oh its great it fun, you should do it too and you may feel if you don't you won't be apart of the clique and you will be laughed at and maybe even called a chIcken, so what!!! Who cares if they call you a chicken. I am pretty sure it is much better than being called a whore or a slut, don't you?. Let me tell you something keep your sanity and your pride until you are fully ready to take that step in a relationship because once you do you cant turn it back or undo it. The problem is the once pressuring you maybe having sex and not getting pregnant and what I realize is whose been pressured are the ones who always go out and end up getting pregnant.
Let me tell you something sex isn't going anywhere, it will always be there for when your ready, focus on your school work and don't let the pressures of others get to you. Have a mind of your own and hold your head high and make your parents proud. When the time is right or you find that guy or girl who you think maybe right for you then and only then you can cross that bridge. Don't do something you will regret in the long run.
Also be careful of who you share your life with or get personal with because some people are childish and petty and because of a simple conflict they will air all your personal life to people around which causes you embarrassment and these things happening can lead you to even self hard stress and anxiety depending on the way you have taken what has happened.
Today I encourage you try not to yield into peer pressure because in the end it's not worth it amd it will affect you so choose your friends and people you associate with wisely. If you have experienced peer pressure find someone you can trust to confide in who will help you through it all.
Have a great day!!!!