Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our breathes, opening a brew and watching TV. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been promoted to an official activity
It’s been a long daylight: one satisfy after the other. You leave your office, glad the working day is finally over. You could head out, system until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t petition. What it was necessary to, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be seduced to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they genuinely better now? Lagom, a Swedish message, can be translated as” in perfect equilibrium”, 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 truly relax. They’re too busy invariably weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they shape.” I could buy a neat bowl of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic jackpot it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned 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 stickers on the bookshelf. It’s those images we see in interior design publications and on Instagram. And this is its flunking: not all of us have the means to spend our dates wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn nights. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no lieu for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish course to joy. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a word that literally entails” boozing at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This may sound fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideology. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t ask that you repudiate yourself the little things that become you happy or that you waste a fate on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and onu your room with more altar candles than a Catholic church. Affordability is its hallmark, offering a realistic remedy to everyday stress. Which is why this lifestyle choice is the antithesis of constituting and pretence: one does not post atmospheric portraits on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about giving is now going being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk advanced as a response to the harsh Finnish environment, one of unending sadnes and solidifying temperatures for nine and a half months of the 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 pavements are crusted in frost and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and distasteful trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest phase of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish route to joy derives from simple ingredients: comfortable clothes, booze guzzled in suitable sums and no purpose of going to go. 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 spouse or significant other expands and increases the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal brew, stock up on immerses, crispies 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 layers of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly unpleasant or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally makes undressing. Gradually you’ll reach “the worlds largest” enjoyable time of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your feet, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and grab one of the coldnes brews from the fridge. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a deep exhale 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. Almost three years ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Unit for Public Diplomacy launched two emojis of people sucking in their underwear in armchairs- a guy in briefs with a beer 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 objective: optimal peace of mind, comfort and equilibrium. Each has been influenced by his history, culture and national persona. The difference between the three of them are available in their economic history.
When Finland affirmed its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian nation with a GDP just grazing the world average. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high-pitched. Yet, in 100 years, Finland has become a post-industrial information society and the third most prosperous country in the nations of the world. It likewise attained the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, ranked the most stable, the safest and best governed region in the world. It is also among the least infected and “the worlds largest” socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most relied 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 is also available, it is very much part of a serious commitment to self-care- even if it’s frivolous, we take it severely. It’s also working attitudes and doctrine that starts from inner quietnes. You don’t even have to suck booze achieve these goals – it’s about taking time out, pandering 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 compelled. Follow this doctrine and you are immersing yourself in true-life Finnish culture.
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How to tighten like a genuine Finn
Have the right cloths in stock – your favourite spacecraft brew, crisps, 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 colour. Perhaps invest in some coat socks, extremely. Pantsdrunk is not about getting wasted. Make sure you only booze according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- merely your sip of choice, a cozy sofa and a TV see you’re happy to binge watch.
It isn’t puritan. 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 instead be inside with a glass of wine, wreaking your acces through a series of cat videos?
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