Have you ever donated blood? It is a super easy way to tremendously give back to your community and people in need. There is a constant demand for blood needed for different types of hospital operations and injuries.
If the thought of donating blood makes you squeamish, remember that the human body carries around 1.2-1.5 gallons of blood. When you donate, you will give approximately 470ml of blood. While this can make you feel light-headed at the time, you won't be harmed by this donation, and your body will replenish the blood lost in a maximum of two days! Plus, you typically get a free treat for donating in order to ease the dizziness this may cause.
If the needle is what is making you apprehensive about going, there are a few tips and tricks you can remember to relax when you are getting the blood drawn. First and foremost, remember to breathe. Concentrating on breathing in and out slowly will help you to not hyperventilate, and it will keep your mind busy and not on the needle. Next, don't look at the needle when they administer it, this is the best way to psyche yourself out. Lastly, just remember what a great cause it is and how many people you will help by donating blood even one time!