Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our throbs, opening a brew and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been hoisted to an official activity
It’s been a long period: one convene after the other. You leave your office, joyous the working day is finally over. You could head out, system until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t plead. What you need, 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 truly better now? Lagom, a Swedish statement, can be translated as” in perfect match”, 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 contemporary world. The difficulty 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 obligate.” I could buy a nice container of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic pot 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 backbones on the bookshelf. It’s those likeness we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its neglecting: not all of us is able to waste our periods wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn nights. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no target for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish route to merriment. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a period that literally means” boozing at home, alone, in your underwear “. This may sound extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideology. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t ask that you repudiate yourself the interesting thing that realize you happy or that you spend a fortune on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and quantity 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 pole atmospheric likeness on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about letting is now going being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk evolved as a response to the coarse Finnish environment, one of ceaseless mist 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 sparkler and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and distasteful trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest degree of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish itinerary to prosperity derives from simple points: cozy robes, booze imbibed in suitable amounts and no intention 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 coatings of investing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly awkward or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally represents undressing. Gradually you’ll contact the most 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 seizure one of the coldnes beers 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. Almost three years ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Unit for Public Diplomacy launched two emojis of people drinking in their underwear in armchairs- a man 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 share the same ultimate goals: optimal peace of mind, consolation and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its own history, culture and national character. The difference between the three of them lies in their financial history.
When Finland declared its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP scarcely grazing the world norm. Life expectancy was low and infant mortality high-pitched. Yet, in 100 years, Finland has become a post-industrial information 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 governed “worlds countries”. It is too among the least corrupt and “the worlds largest” 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 may be, 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 philosophy that starts from inner peacefulnes. 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 necessitated. Follow this ideology and you are immersing yourself in true-blue Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a true Finn
Have the right materials in stock – your favourite skill beer, crispies, hummus, cheese 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, too. Pantsdrunk is not about getting squandered. Make sure you exclusively booze according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- precisely your beverage of alternative, a comfy sofa and a TV present 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-style tendencies tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you rather be inside with a glass of wine-colored, driving your course through a series of cat videos?
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