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 elevated to an official activity
It’s been a long era: one fit after another. You leave your office, joyous the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t plead. What it was necessary to, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be seduced to turn to the favourite Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they certainly better now? Lagom, a Swedish term, can be translated as” in perfect offset”, 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 genuinely relax. They’re too busy invariably weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they realize.” I could buy a neat toilet of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic container it comes in is so bad for the environmental issues .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned for its hygge – espousing ambience and revelling in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen blankets and a sequence of leather-bound prickles on the bookshelf. It’s those epitomes we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its neglecting: not all of us have the means to spend our daylights wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no region 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 word that literally symbolizes” drinking at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic paragon. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t challenge that you repudiate yourself the little things that manufacture you happy or that you invest a rich on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and loading your residence 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 posing and pretence: one does not post atmospheric epitomes on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about telling is now going being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk derived as a response to the harsh Finnish environment, one of ceaseless mist and icing 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 solidifying, a lacerating sleet is falling and the sidewalks are crusted in ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and nasty trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest extent of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish direction to joy derives from simple components: comfy invests, alcohol imbibed in suitable 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 performed properly, pantsdrunk with one’s marriage 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 strata of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly unpleasant or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally makes undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching the most pleasant minute of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your foot, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and grab one of the cold beers 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. Nearly three years ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Unit for Public Diplomacy propelled two emojis of parties boozing in their underwear in armchairs- a humanity in brief with a beer and a woman 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 share the same ultimate objective: optimal peace of mind, comfort and equilibrium. Each has been influenced by his history, culture and national character. The discrepancies between the three of them lies in their financial history.
When Finland proclaimed its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian commonwealth with a GDP just pasturing the global median. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high. 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 achieved the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, graded the most stable, the safest and best decided commonwealth in the world. It is also among the least corrupted and “the worlds largest” socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education too facilitates when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Funny 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 seriously. It’s also an attitude and logic that starts from inner treaty. You don’t even have to booze 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 necessary. Follow this logic and you are immersing yourself in true Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a true-blue Finn
Have the right information in stock – your favourite craftsmanship brew, crispies, 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 colour. Perhaps invest in some coat socks, very. Pantsdrunk is not about get squandered. Make sure you exclusively drink according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- precisely your sip of alternative, a cozy sofa and a TV indicate you’re happy to binge 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 telephones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine-colored, labouring your road through a series of cat videos?
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