It's not easy to say no to peer pressure, especially when you aren't sure about what you want. And it's hard to realize that you are doing something out of peer pressure. The longing to feel accepted can make us all eager. Everybody loves to be accepted and look cool.
Despite all that, a lot of us may want to avoid doing things simply out of peer pressure but find it hard to break free of it.
So we have compiled a few ways for you to be independent of peer pressure and enjoy life at your own pace, according to your own taste. You can thank us later.
1. Be your own best friend
"What your friends are and aren’t doing is their choice, what you do is yours"- Jill Whitney
If you have to do things that are completely against what you actually feel like doing, just to be accepted. You have to understand that you can say no and still be friends. Good friends always respect your decisions and choices as long as you aren't hurting anyone else.
2. Pick up a hobby
Being original is always better than following the trend. Pick up a unique hobby, a new sport and get better at it. It could be poetry, drama, sports or sketching. You can always find your high in things like these.
3. Everybody is not doing it
If anybody told you to do something just because everybody is doing it, they are probably wrong. There are people who have fun without doing the same things everywhere and to each, their own.
4. Learn from experience
It is not a mistake to make a mistake, but it's a mistake if you repeat the same mistake. So make sure the next time somebody asks you to do something, remember what the consequences were last time. And listen to yourself. Politely say no and take an exit if nessecary.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly offering something else is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. Follow your own heart and future you will thank you for it!