A number of varied factors determine the student’s performance in the school. Apart from the academic records and interest in co-curricular activities, another factor that weighs heavily on the minds of the students is the peer pressure. With advancing society, more and more students are falling prey to peer pressure. Even since the students turn 6 or 7, they start thinking about what their peers think of them rather than just concentrating on grooming themselves. What their parents think of them doesn’t matter as much as what their peers think of them.
In order to seem desirable in the class, most kids resort of behaviour such as cheating, drugs, alcohol and shoplifting. They think that such behaviour would make them stand out, when all it does is lead them to a downward slope. Instead, focussing on education could work wonders for the kids.
Here are some ways in which the kids can stay away from peer pressure-
Think before reacting
Staying calm in difficult situations holds the key to success. Even if you come across a sad or bad news, staying calm would help you overcome it much faster than if you react strongly. It is your calm composure that would make you famous and desirable among your peers. It may take a lot of patience in the beginning, but once you are used to it, it would all fall into place.
Choose your friends carefully
They say a man is what his company makes him. Some of the greatest people give all the credit for their success to their friends. Having a supportive and understanding friend circle can go a long way in making your life easier. On the other hand, a difficult friend circle can certainly bring in more complexities in your life than you can handle. A friend who only instigates you to go for things that you do not possess is no good for you. Try to make friends that keep you happy and content, and not desperate and disappointed.
Trying saying ‘No’
If you say yes to everything, you would land in trouble every few days. ‘No’ is one of the most difficult words to say to anyone. In fact, we do hundreds of things in our life just because we couldn’t say no when someone asked us. A constant ‘Yes’ won’t make you a great person or a great friend. Being judicial in your decisions would save you the trouble and earn you true friends. When it is about your own well being, there is no harm in saying no. Always remember, it is always better to say no at the beginning and then stay worry free, rather than saying yes due to peer pressure and then regretting it later on. Also, if you go back on your words and try to change your yes into a no later on, it won’t build a good image for you. So always take a moment before you have to take a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ decision.
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