Wrapping up this series on the 10 Reasons for Weight Gain, we are going to cover #9 and #10 together as they both come down to the same thing - pressure from your surroundings. It all comes down to the fact that we all have different beliefs, different habits and different health and wellness needs and we want to feel accepted and we want to feel included.
Unfortunately, there are times where we feel the pressure from our friends, family and environment at work or at home. You hear it all the time, especially when out with friends and family...
“why aren’t you drinking?”
“oh come on, it’s just one drink”
Now, it’s not always with alcohol but that is the most common pressure/influence you hear. In normative social influences, people typically conform to the group norm to fit in, to feel good, and to be accepted by the group. However, with informational social influences, people usually conform because they believe the group is competent and has the correct information, particularly when the task or situation is ambiguous.
I wish I could say that this will go away and never be an issue again - but that is not realistic. Peer pressure will happen with others who don't want to feel alone and we will give into peer pressure because we don’t want to feel left out. The best way to get through this is to remember your boundaries that are conducive to YOUR needs, YOUR beliefs, YOUR habits and YOUR overall well being.
Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear your crown and stick to your needs. You will feel so much better doing what you feel in your gut is right rather than giving into what you feel in your gut is not best for you.