Many of us are familiar with the idea of depriving to our gasps, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been hoisted to an official activity
It’s been a long date: one satisfy 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 are required to, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be tempted to turn to the favourite Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they really better now? Lagom, a Swedish parole, can be translated as” in perfect match”, or “just right”. Where lagom reigns, 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 forever weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they stir.” I could buy a nice cup of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic cup it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned for its hygge – embracing 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 backbones on the bookshelf. It’s those portraits we see in interior design publications and on Instagram. And this is its miscarrying: not all of us have the means to invest our daytimes wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn nights. Hygge is like a Disney movie that buds no lieu for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish itinerary to merriment. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a term that literally necessitates” sucking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This may sound extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideal. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t requirement that you disclaim yourself the interesting thing that draw you happy or that you invest a rich on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and onu your house with more altar candles than a Catholic church. Affordability is its hallmark, provide 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 making is now going being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk derived as a response to the coarse Finnish environment, one of eternal gloom 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 sidewalks are crusted in sparkler and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and distressing trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest part of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish footpath to pleasure derives from simple parts: comfortable invests, booze absorbed in appropriate amounts and no goal 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 redoubles the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal brew, 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 intends undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching the most pleasurable time of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your hoof, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and seizure one of the cold beers from the refrigerator. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a late 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. Nearly three years ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Unit for Public Diplomacy launched two emojis of people sucking in their lingerie in armchairs- a boy 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 objective: optimal peace of mind, solace and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its history, culture and national reference. The discrepancies 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 just pasturing the global median. 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 also among the least perverted and “the worlds largest” socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most relied and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education too helps when it comes 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 an attitude and philosophy that starts from inner conciliation. You don’t even have to booze 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 asked. 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 substances in stock – your favourite craft brew, crisps, hummus, cheeses and biscuits are all key artilleries in the pantsdrunk arsenal.
Find your most comfortable underwear- the really holey ones where you’ve forgotten their original emblazon. Perhaps invest in some wool socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about going wasted. Make sure you simply suck according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- merely your drinking of select, a comfy sofa and a TV establish 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 lifestyle tendencies tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine, acting your space through a series of cat videos?
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