Teens care tremendously about what others think about them, particularly their peers. They are at a delicate period in their lives, where they are starting to forge their own identity and separate themselves from their parents. A big part of the teenage experience is trying to fit in with others. This can become tricky when teenagers are faced with growing peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Many teenagers feel intense social pressure to fit in with others by doing drugs and alcohol. But here are five ways that teens can cope with the social pressure.
One: Talk To A Role Model
Every teen has someone older that they look up to, and it may not be a parent. This role model is someone that the teen emulates or think is “cool.” A teen should talk to a person he admires, and hear directly that doing drugs or alcohol isn’t cool and there are many other better things to do with life. This can be the affirmation a teen needs to not succumb to peer pressure.
Two: Play A Sport
Playing a sport will allow the teen to develop his physical skills and learn teamwork and develop friendships. By having other activities in his life that have nothing to do with drugs and alcohol, he can spend his time productively instead of falling into the wrong lifestyle and group of people.
Three: Get Involved With The Community
When a teen has a busy and full life he will feel less of a need to experiment with drugs or alcohol. He will have so much going on in his life he won’t fill up his time engaging in dangerous activities. He can instead spend his time volunteering, going to church, or working a part-time job.
Four:Find Friends With High Self Esteem
Generally, people with high self-esteem, who care about themselves and others, won’t feel the need to take drugs or drink alcohol. A teenager needs to find friends like that to surround himself with. Teen are tremendously influenced by the activities of their peers, and it’s important to find a long-term group of friends who will encourage a teen to feel good about himself.
Five: Learn How To Walk Away
Sometimes a teen will be faced with a difficult situation, no matter how careful he is. This is when he should learn how to walk away. He doesn’t need to be cool or to fit in by doing drugs with a group of people. He will learn how to stand up for himself and disengage himself from situations that he doesn’t feel comfortable in. This is an important lesson that will develop character and inner strength.
Navigating the teen years is a difficult time for any young person. But by staying busy, having a positive group of friends, and learning how to walk away from difficult situations, the teen will be able to withstand peer pressure to do drugs and alcohol. Too many young people’s lives are derailed by making the wrong choices, and it’s important for them to learn how to cope with peer pressure.