Tips to help you relax when giving blood

Most people feel great after donating. We hear it all the time: “That was easier than I expected!” 

It’s natural to be a bit nervous around needles or blood, but it doesn’t need to stop you from giving life. Here are the top tips, coming straight from our most experienced donors and nurses. 

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Bring a friend

Let them know you’re nervous, and we’re sure your friend will do everything in their power to distract you and keep you calm. 

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Watch TV or read a book

It can be tempting to watch the donation, but turn your head to look at the TV or to chat to a friend. You might even forget it’s happening. 

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Concentrate on the reward

Milkshake? Sausage roll? The warm glow that comes from saving lives? It can help to think about how you'll reward yourself after the donation. 

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Think about the patient

The people who receive blood sometimes need to have needles, and many of them are scared too. Your donation is getting them through a really tough time — or maybe even saving their life.

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Post it to social media

Distract yourself by finding the perfect filter. You could encourage someone else to become a donor, too. Don’t forget to tag @lifebloodau!

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It's worth it!

Your courage can save someone's life. Feels pretty great, doesn’t it? 

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