How to handle peer pressure
As we grow up, we all are influenced by our peers. Some of us have been influenced more by peers than parents and teachers. Some of us the other way round. But peers have impacted all of us at some point or the other. You may not realise it, but as we grow older, influences become more and more visible. It is time to nip it in the bud. Do what you have been morally inclined to do, not what others do or tell you to do. Here are a few tips to abstain from being influenced by peer pressure:
Know what you are. Be true to your personality. If you build a strong personality then no influence can affect you. If you know what you are doing is right then you won't stray away from being yourself and doing what you think is right.
When you are around your peers and you do not like something they do, speak up about it. Be assertive and stand your ground. You may not be able to control what they do, but you can make sure you do not follow suit only to please them. This may not always go down well at first, but it goes a long way in building respect for yourself.
Be comfortable with your choices
Never let what others are doing make you feel inferior. Just because you refuse to follow a particular lifestyle chosen by your friends doesn't make you a ‘lesser'. Understand that your personality is unique. Do what you feel is right; what you have learnt from your life, your parents, your religion, your teachers and many other worthy influences.
Identify friend groups
Identify negative influences in your life. There are friend groups that have done your nature more harm than good. Hard as it seems, cut these influences out of your life. A person can be judged by the books he reads and the friends he keeps. You are the boss of your own life. Choose your friend groups wisely.
Reflect upon the decisions you have made so far and consider whether the friends you have kept have helped you reach the goals you have visualized. If they haven't then it is clear that they do not respect you as they should. Be yourself and do what your heart tells you.