Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a brew and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been elevated to an official activity
It’s been a long period: one satisfy 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 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 really any good? Lagom, a Swedish parole, 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 question with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never certainly relax. They’re too busy perpetually weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they establish.” I could buy a neat flowerpot of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic bowl it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned for its hygge – espousing ambience and luxuriating 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 images we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its failing: not all of us is able to expend our epoches wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn nights. Hygge is like a Disney movie that needles no lieu for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish path to joy. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a expression that literally makes” boozing at home, alone, in your underwear “. This may sound fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic standard. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t ask that you deny yourself the interesting thing that make you happy or that you waste a rich on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and onu your home 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 constituting and pretence: one does not upright atmospheric portraits on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about making is now going being yourself , no insincerity and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk derived as a response to the coarse Finnish environment, one of unending mist and freezing 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 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 unpleasant trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest object of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish footpath to gaiety derives from simple ingredients: comfy clothes, booze guzzled in proper amounts and no goal of going out. That’s not to say that pantsdrunk needs to be a solo activity. It are also welcome to 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 dips, 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 seams of clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly unpleasant or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally necessitates undressing. Gradually you’ll reach the most enjoyable moment of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your paw, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and seizure one of the coldnes beers from the fridge. 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 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 lingerie in armchairs- a being 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, consolation and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its history, culture and national attribute. The difference between the three of them lies in their economic history.
When Finland testified greater independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP barely grazing the global average. Life expectancy was low and infant mortality high-pitched. Yet, in 100 years, Finland becomes a post-industrial information society and the third most prosperous country in the world. It also achieved the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, ranked the most stable, the safest and best decided “worlds countries”. It is also among the least infected 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 comes 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 seriously. It’s also an attitude and doctrine that starts from inner serenity. 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 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 logic and you are immersing yourself in true-life Finnish culture.
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How to relax like a true Finn
Have the right textiles in stock – your favourite spacecraft brew, 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, very. Pantsdrunk is not about going consumed. Make sure you only booze according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- exactly your liquor of pick, a cozy sofa and a Tv present 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 veers tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you instead be inside with a glass of wine-colored, acting your lane through a series of cat videos?
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