Every teenager wants to be a part of the “in” crowd. In fact, they will probably do just about anything to keep from being “lame.” But, sometimes the need to be popular can cause you to do things that you may soon regret. For example, a young girl gets pregnant after hanging out with her best friend who has begun courting boys, a young boy goes to juvenile after the police catches his friends stealing from the mall, or a teenager smokes a cigarette at his friends urging ends up stealing money out of his mother’s purse to pay for them.
As you can see, one mistake can negatively impact your life or your health. How do you avoid causing yourself such problems---simply by staying away from peer pressure. How do you avoid peer pressure---by getting rid of the bad influencers.
You may not agree with some of your peer’s activities, but this doesn’t mean that it’s okay to frown at them, say nasty things about who they are, or ignore them when they speak. It doesn’t take much effort to smile or to say hello to other people.
Don’t be judgmental towards your peers
No one’s perfect. And every one has family and issues outside the home that they have to deal with. Some people are better equipped to deal with their problems than others. Not everyone has a loving and supportive environment. And often times, people are not aware of how other people perceive them. In the future, you could end up making some of the same mistakes. You would want people to see you for the person you are in spite of them.
Everyone is capable of buckling under peer pressure. However, the best way to avoid doing something you might later regret is to avoid hanging out with people who regularly participate in self-destructive activities. If this person or group asks you to hang out with them---politely tell them that you are busy.
There are some situations that will not allow you to avoid these people such as a social event hosted by your school or at work without running the risk of appearing to be someone who doesn’t like being around other people. To avoid an awkward situation, try to get busy talking to someone you have more in common with and if they should approach you, briefly laugh and joke with them.