Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our gasps, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been elevated to an official activity
It’s been a long day: one rally 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 appeal. What you need, 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 genuinely better now? Lagom, a Swedish term, can be translated as” in perfect counterbalance”, 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 question with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never certainly relax. They’re too busy invariably weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they prepare.” I could buy a nice container of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic utensil it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned for its hygge – cuddling 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 epitomes we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its failing: not all of us have the means to spend our days wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no home for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish itinerary to joy. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a expression that literally intends” drinking at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This may sound extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic principle. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t necessitate that you deny yourself the interesting thing that realize you happy or that you expend a luck on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and onu your mansion with more altar candles than a Catholic church. Affordability is its hallmark, give a realistic remedy to everyday stress. Which is why this lifestyle choice is the antithesis of posing and pretence: one does not upright atmospheric likeness on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about letting go and 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 ceaseless desolation and solidifying temperatures for nine and a half months of the year. Look out of a space on a Finnish November day and much of the time it’s pitch dark and solidifying, a lacerating sleet is falling and the pavements are crusted in ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human intimacy requires a lengthy and nasty trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest place of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish course to happiness derives from simple elements: comfortable invests, booze absorbed in suitable sums and no aim 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 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, crispies 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 mantles of clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly awkward or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally represents undressing. Gradually you’ll reach “the worlds largest” pleasant moment of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your feet, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and seizure 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 be borne in mind 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 launched two emojis of people drinking in their underwear in armchairs- a person in brief 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 share the same ultimate objective: optimal peace of mind, convenience and equilibrium. Each has been shaped by his history, culture and national reference. The difference between the three of them are available in their economic history.
When Finland showed its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian region with a GDP barely grazing the world average. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high. Yet, in 100 years, Finland has become a post-industrial learning society and the third most prosperous country in the world. It too reached the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, ranked the most stable, the safest and best decided country in the world. It is also among the least debased and “the worlds largest” socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted 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. 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 gravely. It’s also an attitude and logic that starts from inner serenity. You don’t even have to suck booze to achieve it – it’s about taking time out, indulging in a little of what you enjoy and being authentic. Ultimately, the Finnish approaching 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 ideology and you are immersing yourself in genuine Finnish culture.
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How to tighten like a true-blue Finn
Have the right substances in stock – your favourite workmanship beer, crisps, hummus, cheese and biscuits are all key weapons in the pantsdrunk arsenal.
Find your most comfortable underwear- the really holey ones where you’ve forgotten their original colour. Perhaps invest in some fleece socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about get wasted. Make sure you only drink according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- simply your booze of choice, a cozy sofa and a Tv testify 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 life tendencies tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you instead be inside with a glass of wine, cultivating your behavior through a series of cat videos?
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