Coping with a 30 Day Stay at Home Order in California

My Word of the Week is Coping Coping with 30 day stay at home order in California (

Here in California, we were issued a 30 stay-at-home order. It went into effect at 11:59 PM on March 19, 2020.

What is a stay-at-home order?

  • Only essential businesses remain open
  • All restaurant dining is prohibited. Only drive-thru, pick up, or delivery is permitted.
  • Senior citizens and those who are high-risk should stay home. They may leave home for medical appointments, to purchase groceries and other essential items.
  • Healthy people are to follow the same instructions, but they may go for a walk or hike as long as they practice social distancing while out.

(Rules change daily and rapidly. Click here for updated information.)

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How am I coping?

My life hasn’t changed too much. As someone who has been living with chronic illness for approximately 20 years, I am no stranger to staying at home for extended periods of time. The difference this time is that it is not my illness that is holding me captive, but a virus and my state.

Everyone copes with stress differently. My go-to coping mechanism is humor. This is not to be mistaken for claiming ignorance and ignoring what is going on. I have been and continue to learn as much as I can cram into my brain.

Laughter is an instant vacation! ~Milton Berle #HighRiskCovid19 #laughteristhebestedicine

For me, laughter is what helps me decompress. If all I did was read and watch everything related to what is going on I would lose my mind. NO JOKE. Seeking out things that make me laugh is how I balance the stressful updates given out daily from Governor Newsom.

Life is better when you are laughing! #HighRiskCovid19

Coping with Memes

In addition to watching funny movies and shows, I look for memes that literally make me laugh out loud!

Coping with isolation

Coping with lack of toilet paper and food

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Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

4 thoughts on “Coping with a 30 Day Stay at Home Order in California

  1. I do keep seeing people talking about how awful it’s going to be staying at home. I remember just a couple of years ago a ‘so called’ friend had a go at me on Facebook because I was always complaining about now being able to go out because I was not well. Maybe other people will get a little taste of our life now and have a little more compassion. The only difference is, if they follow the guidelines then they will probably be able to carry on with their lives at some point. Sending hugs to my sick friend across the pond x

    1. I hope the crisis will fill their hearts with understanding and compassion, but because they aren’t staying home for the same reasons I fear it will just stay the same. Hugs to you too!

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