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5 Ways To Be A Great Mate

5 Ways To Be A Great Mate

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Today is May Eight (M8 or mate) so why not use today to catch up with a mate, male or female?

 

Life can become busy, and we can lose touch with our mates. Hanging out with your friends is one of the best things in life, but it’s easy for other stuff to get in the way: work, family, responsibilities.  Time is of the essence and often trying to find time for yourself, let alone everyone else can be tricky.

The Movember Foundation has decided today is May 8 - 'Mate Day' and that it’s time to put an end to making plans without actually following them through. Our need to hang out is very real;  catching up with your friends is wonderful for your mental health, for both men and women.  Being isolated can lead to depression.

According to Triple M, who are supporting the May 8 campaign:

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One in four Australian men have few or no social connections at all. 

One in three of us isn't satisfied with our social connections. 

70% say they are there to support their mates, but only 48% feel that their friends provided sufficient support.

Which is why we take time every May 8 (Mate!) to check in on the mates we care about. 

So why not make today a day to catch up with your mates? Or make it the day you call them and make a date very soon to see them?

Here are the Movember Foundation's five easy ways you can let someone know you care about them.

How to be a great mate.

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1. Send your mate a text message, social media message or give them a call.

2. Lock in a time to meet. ‘Mate, let’s catch up soon’ ain’t good enough. You need to lock in the time, date and venue.  It could also be a recurring catch-up that you set in place.

3. Do something. It could be an activity you both enjoy doing, or something new. People often talk more openly when they’re doing stuff together, shoulder-to-shoulder.

4. If your friend wants to talk about something painful, be there and listen.

5. Share what’s happening in your life. It’s amazing how much better and closer we feel when we talk about the real stuff.

The Movember Foundation and many others focus on Men's Health, which we love, but here at Cazinc we think everyone's health is essential, male or female, and everyone can learn how to be a great mate.

Enjoy your beautiful friendships and reaching out to everyone.  

Love to all.

Read more about the signs of mental health here, or how you can potentially save someone's life here.

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Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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