Bullying and peer pressure is obviously what almost every young person experience in their different stages of life.
Many may be able to resist this force while some see it as a challenge and as a result succumbs to it.
Are you having difficulties in overcoming peer pressure and bullies? here are eight smart ways you can deal with it.
Be confident in yourself: You should be able to defined yourself, know what you want and what you don’t want for yourself and be able to stand by it, so that whenever you are being pressured to do what is not right, you will be able to identify and resist without compromise.
Say NO and stand by it : Do not act like you are scared when you are being approached, always wear that look that whenever someone sees you, they will be convinced that your refusal is sure. Say NO and stand by it.
Back up your NO with positive statements: Don’t just say no and stop there. For example, if you’re turning down an offer to smoke, say something like, “No! I like my brain the way it is and i don’t want to damage it, thank you. With that you have already discouraged the person.
Always repeat yourself: Don’t hesitate to state your point over and over again, the more you resist, the more you convince yourself and the more you drive them away.
Walk away from the scene : When you find yourself in such environment, the best thing to do is to walk away from the scene.
Avoid locations prone to pressure : If you know there’s going to be alcohol or drugs at a party, avoid going there and if you must go, go with your friends that will proudly take punch or malt with you. If you’re going out with a guy, avoid being alone with him anywhere he might pressure you to get more physical than you want to be.
Surround yourself with positive friends: Make friends with people who share same motive, values, culture as you.
Always learn to speak up : Learn to speak up when you are being pressured, you can also confide in a much older friend.
Finally, learn not to join the crowd, avoid doing things because others are doing it, always see yourself as different and unique, with this, you will be able to overcome any form of peer pressure.