Many of us are familiar with the idea of depriving to our gasps, opening a brew and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been hoisted to an official activity
It’s been a long period: one satisfy after the other. You leave your office, happy the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t request. What you need, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be persuasion to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they actually any good? Lagom, a Swedish text, can be translated as” in perfect counterbalance”, or “just right”. Where lagom reigns, all is as it should be. Proportion is maintained: there’s neither too much nor too little … which is where the problem lies. Although lagom encapsulates nearly all aspects of a well-lived life, its puritanism isn’t compatible with the realities of the modern world. The problem with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never genuinely relax. They’re too busy invariably weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they oblige.” I could buy a nice container of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic flowerpot it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is famous for its hygge – hugging ambience and luxuriating in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen blankets and a row of leather-bound spines on the bookshelf. It’s those likeness we see in interior design periodicals and on Instagram. And this is its failing: not all of us is able to expend our epoches wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no place for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish course to happy. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a period that literally symbolizes” boozing at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic principle. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t requisition that you disavow yourself the interesting thing that obligate you happy or that you waste a fortune on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and loading your mansion with more altar candles than a Catholic church. Affordability is its hallmark, present a realistic remedy to everyday stress. Which is why this lifestyle choice is the antithesis of posing and pretence: one does not post atmospheric images on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about letting are now going to being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk advanced as a response to the stern Finnish home, one of eternal despair and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months of its first year. Look out of a window on a Finnish November day and much of the time it’s pitch dark and freezing, a lacerating sleet is falling and the sidewalks are crusted in ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human intimacy requires a lengthy and distressing trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest spot of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish footpath to pleasure derives from simple points: comfortable clothes, booze guzzled in appropriate amounts and no goal of going out. That’s not to say that pantsdrunk needs to be a solo activity. It can also be enjoyed with a good friend, housemate or perhaps a relative. When practised properly, pantsdrunk with one’s marriage or significant other expands and extends the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal brew, stock up on plunges, crisps and chocolate- and make sure you have the latest psychological drama ready to watch on Netflix. When you get home, immediately strip off your outer mantles of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly unpleasant or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally signifies undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching “the worlds largest” pleasurable time of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your hoof, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and grab one of the coldnes brews from the refrigerator. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a deep rustle of relief.
If you’re questioning the complexity of this formula, then consider the fact that pantsdrunk is not just Finnish folklore or a self-care phenomenon; it’s also official foreign policy. Nearly three years ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Unit for Public Diplomacy propelled two emojis of beings drinking in their lingerie in armchairs- a guy in brief with a brew and the status of women with a glass of red wine- to represent Finnish culture.
As a lifestyle choice, pantsdrunk is not in conflict with lagom and hygge. They all spring from the same Nordic origins and are the same ultimate goals: optimal peace of mind, consolation and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its own history, culture and national character. The difference between the three of them lies in their financial history.
When Finland testified national independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP scarcely pasturing the global median. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high-pitched. Yet, in 100 years, Finland becomes a post-industrial information society and the third most prosperous country in the world. It too achieved the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, graded the most stable, the safest and best decided country in the world. It is too among the least corrupt and “the worlds largest” socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education likewise facilitates when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Humorous as its approach may be, it is very much part of a serious commitment to self-care- even if it’s frivolous, we take it severely. It’s also an attitude and doctrine that starts from inner peace. You don’t even have to drink alcohol to achieve it – it’s about taking time out, indulging in a little of what you enjoy and being authentic. Ultimately, the Finnish approach is closer to mindfulness than it is to the Nordic notions of hygge and lagom. A real pantsdrunk pro knows how to be his or her laid-back self, regardless of the circumstances- no styled Scandi interior necessary. Follow this logic and you are immersing yourself in true-blue Finnish culture.
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How to tighten like a true-blue Finn
Have the claim materials in stock – your favourite craft brew, crispies, hummus, cheeses and biscuits are all key artilleries in the pantsdrunk arsenal.
Find your most comfortable underwear- the really holey ones where you’ve forgotten their original quality. Perhaps invest in some woolen socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about get wasted. Make sure you merely booze are consistent with your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- precisely your boozing of select, a cozy sofa and a TV present you’re happy to orgy watch.
It isn’t puritanical. Want to eat two whole sharing bags of crisps? Fine, go for it.
Lots of life trends tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine-coloured, wreaking your style through a series of cat videos?
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