DONATE,
and FEEL GREAT!

DONATE, and FEEL GREAT!

Saving lives ought to feel great, but we know you might have questions about how you'll feel and what to expect when you give blood. Watch this 3-minute video to learn what you can do to avoid feeling light-headed, dizzy or fainting when you give blood.

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Follow these 4 tips!

  • forty winks
    Why? A great night's sleep (at least 8 hrs.) makes everyone feel better
  • food
    Why? When your stomach's full, your blood pressure is more stable and you feel less light-headed!
  • fluids
    Why? Your body will lose about 2 cups of fluid during your donation.
  • flex  [applied muscle tension]
    Why? It's a great way to keep your blood pumping while you donate!

Applied muscle tension, how?

breathe - flex - relax - repeat

Start with some deep, relaxing breaths. Flex your chest & arms and count to five. Release your breath for ten seconds and relax. Repeat - this time flex your core muscles... next time your legs & buttocks... and then START OVER!