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So often when the phrase “peer pressure” is used, it is automatically assumed to be geared towards children or teenagers. It is true that high school is typically riddled with various levels of peer pressure, but that is not the only time peer pressure can surface in life. Adults are just as vulnerable to peer pressure as teenagers, and sometimes even more so. 

While we all want to say that we do not care what the opinions of others are, the truth is we do care what people think about us. We want to be liked, we want to be invited, and we want others to spend time with us. This can lead to doing things that we typically would not do. For those suffering from mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, these choices can have serious consequences. Here are a few tips to help combat possible peer pressure as an adult.

Have a Support System

Having a strong support system is a great key to success. A support system can look different for everyone. The goal would simply be to have a few people you know you can count on. These people would be individuals you feel completely safe and comfortable with to talk to when you feel you are facing peer pressure. For some people, it may be a family member, while for others it may be close friends. Having someone available to talk to when you need it can be the difference between doing a risky action and not doing it. 

Know Your Limit

Some people enjoy pressuring others. They think it is entertaining or funny, especially if the other person appears uncomfortable. Ultimately, know your limit as to when you need to walk away. Individuals who suffer from certain mental health issues are at a higher likelihood to become addicts as well. Making healthy life choices is key when working through therapy. 

Peer pressure is not just something that teenagers face. Adults can easily find themselves in situations where pressure is being placed on them to do certain acts or take certain substances. Having a plan of action for when these situations arise can make all the difference in how you handle them. Having a support system to lean on or to get you out of situations can be a great option. You should also know your limit as to how much you can handle being around. Here at The Guest House, we have professionals on hand to help you work through situations and difficulties you may be facing. Call us at (855) 483-7800 today to learn more. We are here to help.