San Diego stay at home orders

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a regional stay-at home order for San Diego County that went into effect at midnight on Sunday, December 6th. However, with the ICUs among hospitals in Southern California currently at full capacity, the stay-at-orders have been extended for an indefinite period of time.  

The region can emerge from the stay-at-home orders whenever projections about ICU accommodation ability rise above 15%. However, with the current capacity still listed at 0% and with health officials anticipating an increase in COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations throughout January based on holiday gatherings that took place in December, residents can expect to remain under the order for some weeks or even months to come.

This turn of events combined with the news of new, more contagious COVID variants are bound to increase the stress and anxiety levels of even the coolest of cucumbers. Persistent stress and anxiety are not good for your health. While exercise and staying active are good ways to help relieve feelings of anxiety and stress, having to stay at home can limit those opportunities.

What are some ways that you can stay active and stay healthy when under stay-at-home orders?

Don’t slow down

Staying inside doesn’t mean you can’t continue to maintain and support a healthy lifestyle. Try these tips for taking care of personal needs during this challenging time:

  • Follow a routine to give structure to your day
  • Practice good sleep hygiene.
  • Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water
  • Stay in touch with family by talking on the phone, Zooming, or writing letters
  • Keep exercising by going for a walk, jog, or run, taking an online fitness class, using home workout equipment
  • Engage in a variety of activities so that you’re staying entertained

Limit your COVID research and conversations Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, and the medical community if your stress and anxiety is getting the better of you.

A time for planning ahead

Throughout the pandemic, many people have been seriously thinking about estate planning and continue to do so as the numbers of cases and hospitalizations are surging. The new variants of COVID-19 will have even more people thinking about who they want making healthcare and financial decisions on their behalf if they become incapacitated or should die from the virus. 

Perhaps one of the best ways to spend your time during the extended stay-at-home order is to start the estate planning process. If you don’t already have an estate plan in place, or need to update your current plan, our San Diego office can create living trusts by mail so that you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your healthcare and financial wishes will be honored.