When a loved one is diagnosed with AF, it can be a time of stress and shock, and it is normal feel fear and worry with the diagnosis.

Furthermore, caring for someone with AF can also be a time of high physical and emotional stress, as well as taking an exhausting toll physically.

If you ever feel like you are struggling to cope with the responsibilities of being a carer for your loved one, ensure you discuss how you’re feeling with someone such as a friend, family member, counsellor or doctor.

Below are tips you as a carer could follow to ensure that you look after yourself.

Accept help from your support network
Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, you’re not alone.

Ensure you get optimal sleep
Try and aim for a regular bedtime with 8 hours of sleep per night.

Talk about how you are feeling
If you are feeling like you are having difficulty coping, discuss your feelings with your support network such as your doctor, a friend or family member.

Eat a healthy diet
Aim to eat well, focusing on a diet full of whole grains, low-fat dairy and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Ensure you are taking time out regularly to look after yourself
Even if it is just for an hour or so, see if you can have a family member or friend step in to help.

If you need any support or have any questions about being a carer; it could be worth having a look at these support groups

Carer Gateway is an Australian Government funded service which provides support and practical information for carers through their website or via a phone service.

Carers Australia is a peak body advocacy group who represent unpaid carers in Australia. Furthermore, they provide w wealth of information for Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander carers as well as a phone advisory service.

Young Carers Network is a hub for young carers find out more about support services, informative resources as well as telling their story for other carers.