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Saying ‘No’ to Peer Pressure

Published on January 14th, 2019

Unfortunately, peer pressure is something that is around at any age. It can be difficult to have the courage to say no to those who are trying to convince you to act a certain way, but practice makes the process easier. Whether you are a teenager at a party who is trying to say no to alcohol or you are an adult saying no to certain plans that may inhibit your wellbeing, it is important to get comfortable saying no!

As providers of mental health treatment in Minneapolis, we want to provide some helpful techniques on how to successfully say no so that you have the confidence you need to make the decisions that are best for you.

Acknowledge the Other Point of View

If you are facing peer pressure, one way to approach it is by acknowledging the other person’s point of view before you say no. This will help them understand that you are aware of their wants but you still want to pursue another option.

Use a Strategic Tone

It’s easy to feel like you need to get either defensive or aggressive when you are trying to say no to peer pressure. This approach usually doesn’t go over well. Instead, avoid aggression and use a different approach such as humor to try to diffuse the situation.

Remove Yourself from the Situation

When all else fails, it’s okay to physically remove yourself from the situation. Making up an excuse such as saying you have previous plans or a different commitment is a good way to get out of peer pressure.

Don’t let peer pressure get the best of you. Also, keep in mind that saying no will get easier with practice, and it will be less of a mental strain each time.

If you or a loved one could benefit from mental health treatment in the Minneapolis area, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Options Family & Behavior Services.

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