New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who has been sharing ‘tips’ on Twitter on how to ‘survive’ the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, courtesy his own ‘experience’ of being under a lockdown of over seven months, has now suggested a ‘couple of more apps,’ which, he says, ‘are very helpful in dealing with anxiety.’ Also Read - Omar Abdullah Returns to Twitter, Mocks His Release Amid Nationwide Lockdown
Notably, the former J&K CM was released from detention on March 24, more than seven months after he was put under house arrest on August 5 last year, the day the Centre announced the move to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution, thus revoking special status of the erstwhile state.
“Right now, the bigger problem in front of us is corona,” he had said soon after his release.
On Sunday, the National Conference (NC) vice president tweeted: “Day-5, by now anxiety is a major problem. I never thought I’d feel claustrophobic or trapped in an open room but there were times I felt the same way as I remember feeling while being inserted in to an MRI machine. Fresh air really helped-deep breaths near an open window.”
“There are a couple of apps that are very useful to help deal with anxiety. Two that I can think of are Headspace and Calm. They involve in-app purchases but the free content is also very useful. Otherwise just some soft music deep breathing will help enormously,” he added.
Earlier, after coming out of detention, he had tweeted in lighter vein: “On a lighter note, if anyone wants tips on surviving quarantine or a lock down, I have months of experience at my disposal, perhaps a blog is in order.”
Incidentally, hours after his release, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown in an 8 PM address to the nation. The PM’s announcement of the lockdown, came just two days after the country observed a ‘janata curfew’-as a mock drill for a longer lockdown-and applauded those fighting coronavirus on the front.