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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 25: Residents in Sunnyside, Queens prepare for a birthday party during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25, 2020 in New York City. Government guidelines encourage wearing a mask in public with strong social distancing in effect as all 50 states in the USA have begun a gradual process to slowly reopen after weeks of stay-at-home measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Peer Pressure is defined as, “social pressure by members of one’s peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted. And, as cities and states are beginning to open up, we all may be feeling the pressure to head out and socialize.

Dr. Colleen Mullen, a psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) says, “Now that many of the states are in some level of re-opening status, there is a new debate about who’s going to get out and ‘live their life’ again and who’s going to stay home and wait it out.” So how do you navigate through this overwhelming pressure to show up, mask up, or stay home?

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Asha Tarry, a psychotherapist, life coach, and author writes, “Beware of the things you can handle and the things you cannot handle. Tell someone the difference and remove yourself from spaces where you don’t feel emotionally or mentally safe.” Tarry also says stay away from debating endlessly adding, “not saying you shouldn’t voice your concerns or share information, but do make a conscious decision to do what is best for yourself.”

Finally, stay clear of judging others and their decisions.

It might be hard to bite your tongue, but do your best to trust that others are doing what they can to get through this, and that they’re dealing with their own personal struggles.

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