Welcome To The Vapor95
Quarantine Survival Guide
COVID-19 has impacted virtually every aspect of how we live our lives. It is affecting people on a global scale and we are all feeling the effects of measures such as self-quarantine and social distancing. Though these are no doubt necessary to protect ourselves and the global community, adjusting to this new normal can take a toll on our mental health. Luckily we are all in this together. Things like social media and Skype have bridged the gap between us and made something like self-isolation feel much less lonely. Quarantine in 2020 no doubt looks incredibly different than it would have over the years. Let’s take a look back at how quarantine has evolved throughout history.
14th century Venice was the gateway to the West. Ships would come with exotic goods, cargo and sometimes plague. Before they could dock they’d have to wait in the harbor for 40 days to prevent the spread of the Bubonic Plague or “Black Death”. In the Venetian language, 40 days was “quarantena”, which is the origin of the word quarantine. The first quarantine station was built on an island off the coast of Venice and many other European cities began building their own “lazarets” to house sick patients and maritime travellers.
In 1793 a viral infection known as “Yellow Fever” appeared in Philadelphia and led to the creation of the first designated quarantine hospital in the United States, the Philadelphia Lazaretto. As outbreaks of Yellow Fever continued over time, Congress made the decision to implement the National Quarantine Act in 1878. This shifted quarantine decisions to a national level and we are still seeing the impacts of this in modern times.
Competing media narratives of contagion can drive a mind to the brink. There is much to know and little to do beyond keeping the door closed. If you’re stuck inside like we are, please know that the anxiety you might be feeling in the face of uncertainty is natural. The brain often knows no other way to react to uncertainty than with anxiety. Anxiety is the fear of a future that doesn’t yet exist as such, in the same way that nostalgia is a yearning for a past that never really existed. If you are at home and healthy, take a moment to breathe and remind yourself of the blessing that is your health and well-being.
Whether we end up being here for 40 days or much longer, quarantine is a time in which it can be hard to find balance. If you are lucky enough to have kept (a version of) your job then you’ll have to work, but will also need to find opportunities to relax. We are called in times such as these to reflect on how we maintain the health of our mind, body, and spirit.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways we can overcome the feelings of anxiety, boredom, and monotony that are inevitable after spending a certain amount of time at home. We’ve compiled 5 expert tips on staying sane during the COVID-19 quarantine:
1. Map out a daily schedule for yourself.
With many of us out of work or school, we’ve lost a sense of routine and normalcy. By creating a routine for yourself, you can maintain a sense of stability.
2. Maintain communication with family and friends.
We are all in the same position and many of your friends and family are likely feeling bored and anxious as well. Modern technology has brought us closer than ever and times like these show us how far we’ve come. Keep in touch with your loved ones through social media or Skype.
3. Set a Daily Goal.
Try to map out at least one thing you want to accomplish for the day. It can be anything from practicing a new language, trying out a new recipe, giving your dog a bath, or even just making your bed. But setting and achieving a goal is a great way to feel accomplished.
4. Avoid Too Much News.
It’s very important to stay updated and aware of the unfolding situation, but too much exposure to negative news can take a toll on our mental health and ramp up anxiety. Try to tune out the news for a bit and engross yourself in a book or film. Try out a new hobby. Play a game with your family. Put on some music and dance. Get your mind off of the current situation as often as you can and know that all of this is just a moment in time that will pass.
5. Try Something New.
Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Have you been talking about trying to write a book for ages but never quite found the time? Want to blow your family’s mind with some homemade lasagna? This unexpected chunk of free time many of us are experiencing is the perfect excuse to take up a new hobby. Turning your boredom into something productive and fun is a great way to make the time pass quicker.
We at Vapor95 want you to feel supported during these confusing and unusual times. We are in this together. Our staff have compiled lists of films, television series, anime, YouTube channels, books, games, and music to help make passing the time a bit less daunting. Feel free to reach out to us with suggestions of your own! And always remember: you are never alone.
Spawn Wave Media (Gaming news)
Boundary Break (looking at what’s off-camera in video games)
Jim Sterling (video games criticism)
Ryukhar (Super Mario Maker wizzard)
State Azure (for ambient music and hardware lovers)
Andrew Ucles (for Steve Irwin fans)
Frank Yang (for the weirdest, deepest influencer ever)
Academy of Ideas (for learning and growing)
Nerdwriter1 (for very cool analysis of art, people, and ideas)
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Darjeeling Limited
Dead Poets Society
Aguirre, The Wrath Of God
The Big Hack
Pride and Prejudice
Tomorrow Never Dies
The Matrix Trilogy (including The Animatrix)
Love Death Robots
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Apocalypse Now Redux
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Godfather Part 1 & 2
The Fall (by Tarsem Singh)
The Tree Of Life
Licence to Kill
Alita: Battle Angel
The Fifth Element
Back To The Future
The Wolf Of Wall Street
The Middle of Nowhere by Ruby Haunt
Images du Futur by Suuns
Miranda and The Beat
Yo La Tengo
Kid A by Radiohead
Ed Rush & Optical
Carbon Based Lifeforms
Mozart‘s late string quartets
Hilary Hahn playing the Chaconne from Bach’s 2nd Partita for violin
All The Way Up by Fat Joe & Remy Ma
All of Montiverdi’s Madrigals
Cursebreaker X by Equip
Polychrome by Koan Sound
Rose by Abra
Leaving EP by Skrillex
Untrue by Burial
Vapor95 X Darknet Mixes
Human by Henry Saiz
Nothing Is Still by Leon Vynehall
Destination Unknown by Pig&Dan
Damage Control by Mat Zo
Nuovo Morceau Subrosa by BT
Charles the First
String Cheese Incident
Two Steps From Hell
Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Tales of Power by Carlos Castendeda
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Woolfe
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Beastie Boys Book
The Stand by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins
Wu Tang Manual
The Last Don by Mario Puzo
The Family by Mario Puzo
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer.
The Kingdom Of God by Leo Tolstoy
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
The Rainbow by DH Lawerence
Art Without Death: Conversations on Russia Cosmism by e-flux journal
Finding a Form by William Gass
Futures Past by Reinhardt Koselleck
Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Altered Carbon by Takeshi Kovacs
The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming
Here Comes The Roar by Dave Shaw
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
Anything by Kurt Vonnegut
The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time by Preston Nichols
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
Halt And Catch Fire
Off The Air by Adult Swim
Fallout New Vegas
Super Mario World
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Nickelodeon GUTS (for Super Nintendo)
Oceanhorn 2 (on Apple Arcade)
Super Mario 3D land
Kirby Planet Robot
Need For Speed
Super Mario Kart
Twisted Metal: Black
Final Fantasy 1
Def Jam: Fight for New York
Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Map Maker
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Escape From Tarkov
Forza Horizon 4