Omar shares his detention experience as tips for Covid-19 lockdown




Srinagar: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah, who was released yesterday after spending seven months in detention has shared his experience on how to survive a lockdown.

Omar shared the experience following the order of 21-day- lockdwon across the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Many Kashmiris on social media who have lived under lockdowns for number of years in their lives shared their experience too.

The National Conference leader also had tweeted about the same in case anyone was interested, “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,” He wrote on twitter following the announcement of lockdown by  Modi.

After being flooded by messages from people from other states on  how to survive a lockdown, Omar posted a thread of how to deal with it, “The response to the tweet has encouraged me to share a bit of my own experience. It will probably sound rather self evident but it really helped me over the months of solitary detention. I’ll keep adding tweets to this thread as things come to mind so keep checking back.”

He said that one should stick to the routine, “Firstly establish a routine & try to stick to it. In all the months I was in HNSJ (Hari Niwas Sub-Jail) I stuck to a routine as though it were carved in stone. The routine gave me a sense of purpose & stopped me feeling aimless or lost.”

On sleeping he wrote, “I woke up & went to bed around the same time EVERY DAY. No lazy Sunday morning lie ins for me. Get up & get ready. Having no where to go is no reason to spend all day in your nightsuit. I lived in trackpants but I never slept in them or sat around in my PJs.”

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He also wrote on what meals one should have.”Fix your meal times & stick to them. I ate my meals on my own. Put it down to the habit of boarding school & my need for structure For me it was breakfast at 8:30, lunch at 2 & dinner at 7:30 with a mug of coffee at 12 (after the doctor had checked my BP) & evening tea at 6. ”

The 50 year old also stressed on physical excercise, “Exercise, exercise, exercise.I can’t emphasise this point enough. I was fortunate to have space & access to the grounds in HNSJ to get outside but even when the weather didn’t permit I exercised indoors – walking in the corridor, up & down the stairs or just endless burpees.”

In the last tweet he said that he had used couple of applications,” I used a couple of apps which were really helpful because I had workouts downloaded on them earlier. Nike Training Club & Fitbod (both on iOS & probably Android as well) were great for workouts of varying intensity & equipment levels.”

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