Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a beer and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been heightened to an official activity
It’s been a long date: one find after the other. You leave your office, glad the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t appeal. What you need, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be invited to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they certainly any good? Lagom, a Swedish message, can be translated as” in perfect equilibrium”, or “just right”. Where lagom predominates, 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 actually relax. They’re too busy invariably weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they become.” I could buy a nice utensil of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic bowl it comes in is so bad for the environmental issues .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned for its hygge – hugging ambience and revelling in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen coverings and a row of leather-bound backbones on the bookshelf. It’s those likeness we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its failing: not all of us have the means to spend our daytimes wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no residence for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish footpath to prosperity. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a period that literally signifies” sucking at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This may sound extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideology. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t demand that you repudiate yourself the little things that do you happy or that you spend a fate on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and load your mansion with more altar candles than a Catholic church. Affordability is its hallmark, provide a realistic remedy to everyday stress. Which is why this lifestyle choice is the antithesis of posing and pretence: one does not upright atmospheric portraits on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about giving go and being yourself , no insincerity and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk progressed as a response to the harsh Finnish environment, one of everlasting gloom and icing 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 icing, a lacerating sleet is falling and the sidewalks are crusted in ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human friendship requires a lengthy and disagreeable trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest stage of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish itinerary to merriment derives from simple points: comfortable invests, alcohol guzzled in appropriate quantities and no planned 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 redoubles the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal brew, stock up on immerses, crisps and chocolate- and make sure you have the latest mental drama ready to watch on Netflix. When you get home, immediately strip off your outer strata of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally means undressing. Gradually you’ll contact the most pleasurable moment of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your hoof, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and seizure one of the cold brews from the refrigerator. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a late sigh 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 people boozing in their lingerie in armchairs- a serviceman 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, convenience and equilibrium. Each has been shaped by his history, culture and national character. The difference between the three of them are available in their economic history.
When Finland testified its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian region with a GDP just pasturing the world-wide median. Life expectancy was low and infant mortality high. Yet, in 100 years, Finland has become a post-industrial learning society and the third most prosperous country in the nations of the world. It too reached the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, graded the most stable, the safest and best determined commonwealth in the nations of the world. It is also among the least corrupt and the most socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most relied and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education also facilitates when it is necessary to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Whimsical 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 seriously. It’s also an attitude and philosophy that starts from inner peace. You don’t even have to drink alcohol achieve these goals – it’s about taking time out, gratifying 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 ideology and you are immersing yourself in true-life Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a true-blue Finn
Have the right cloths in stock – your favourite ship beer, crisps, hummus, cheeses and cookies are all key artilleries in the pantsdrunk arsenal.
Find your most comfortable underwear- the really holey ones where you’ve forgotten their original emblazon. Perhaps invest in some hair socks, extremely. Pantsdrunk is not about getting wasted. Make sure you merely suck according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- just your glas of select, a cozy sofa and a Tv demo you’re happy to orgy watch.
It isn’t puritanical. Want to eat two whole sharing bags of crispies? Fine, go for it.
Lots of lifestyle tendencies tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you instead be inside with a glass of wine, wielding your mode through a series of cat videos?
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