Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our throbs, opening a beer and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been heightened to an official activity
It’s been a long epoch: one rally after another. 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 request. What you are required 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 truly any good? Lagom, a Swedish parole, can be translated as” in perfect poise”, 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 difficulty 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 reach.” I could buy a neat container 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 – hugging ambience and revelling in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen blankets and a row of leather-bound backbones 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 waste our daytimes wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no plaza for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish direction to joy. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a word that literally represents” boozing at home, alone, in your underwear “. This may sound extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic standard. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t expect that you deny yourself the interesting thing that build you happy or that you waste a fate on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and loading your home 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 images on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about letting go and being yourself , no insincerity and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk evolved as a response to the harsh Finnish environment, one of perpetual sadnes and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months of the year. Look out of a opening 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 intimacy requires a lengthy and distasteful trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest point of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish itinerary to merriment derives from simple factors: cozy clothes, booze imbibed in appropriate quantities and no purpose 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 spouse 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 beer, stock up on plunges, 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 seams of investing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally symbolizes undressing. Gradually you’ll reach “the worlds largest” enjoyable moment of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your foot, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and grasp one of the cold brews from the fridge. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a late 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 propelled two emojis of parties drinking in their lingerie in armchairs- a soldier in briefs 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 persona. The discrepancies between the three of them lies in their economic history.
When Finland swore greater independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP just pasturing the world-wide norm. Life expectancy was low and infant mortality high-pitched. Yet, in 100 years, Finland has become a post-industrial learning 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 determined country in 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 likewise facilitates when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Funny 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 earnestly. It’s also an attitude and logic that starts from inner agreement. You don’t even have to drink alcohol to achieve it – it’s about taking time out, revelling 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 philosophy and you are immersing yourself in true-blue Finnish culture.
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How to tighten like a true-life Finn
Have the right fabrics in stock – your favourite skill beer, crispies, hummus, cheeses and cookies 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 coat socks, extremely. Pantsdrunk is not about get wasted. Make sure you only suck according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- exactly your beverage of option, a cozy sofa and a TV show 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 lifestyle tendencies tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine-coloured, cultivating your mode through a series of cat videos?
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