Show Them Who You Are
Adolescents are the first to tell you how much peer pressure influences their life, but it can also occur in adults. Peer pressure means: a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one’s age and social group in order to be liked and respected by them.
When you give in to peer pressure, you are essentially allowing your personality to be molded by those around you. This behavior starts to influence you unconsciously; you start to believe that this is “the way” to get accepted and have a good time, otherwise “I won’t be accepted and maybe have no friends.”
Peer pressure can lead you to develop bad habits. It may turn you into an alcoholic, heroin addict or recreational marijuana user, when you were never meant to be any one of those in the first place. Essentially, you are hoping to obtain immediate gratification through acceptance, but at the price of losing yourself.
The best way to approach peer pressure is to let your true presence be known! Be yourself, stand your ground and back up your stance. It might not work at first; your peers will keep persisting and even put you down. Do not worry about it. With consistency, your morals and values will prevail and your peers will start to accept you for who you are!
And if they don’t, then they were never meant to be your friends in the first place.
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)