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 hoisted to an official activity
It’s been a long daytime: one session after the other. You leave your office, happy the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t entreaty. What you are required to, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be allured to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they really any good? Lagom, a Swedish message, can be translated as” in perfect balance”, 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 contemporary world. The question with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never truly relax. They’re too busy incessantly weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they become.” I could buy a nice cup 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 – 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 images we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its failing: not all of us have the means to invest our daytimes wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no lieu for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish course to gaiety. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a word that literally necessitates” drinking at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This know it sounds fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic standard. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t challenge that you disavow yourself the little things that draw you happy or that you invest a fortune on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and consignment your residence 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 constituting and pretence: one does not pole atmospheric personas 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 progressed as a response to the coarse Finnish environment, one of everlasting sadnes 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 frost and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human friendship requires a lengthy and disagreeable trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest object of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish track to merriment derives from simple points: comfortable clothes, booze absorbed in appropriate quantities 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 performed properly, pantsdrunk with one’s spouse 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 beer, stock up on dips, crisps 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 beds of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally signifies undressing. Gradually you’ll reach the most enjoyable moment of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your foot, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble 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 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. Nearly three years ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Unit for Public Diplomacy launched two emojis of people sucking in their underwear in armchairs- a gentleman in brief with a beer and a woman 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 shaped by its history, culture and national character. The difference 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 global average. 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 likewise 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 debased and “the worlds largest” socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most relied and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education likewise 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 an attitude and logic that starts from inner conciliation. You don’t even have to booze booze 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 asked. Follow this philosophy and you are immersing yourself in true Finnish culture.
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How to tighten like a true-life Finn
Have the right fabrics in stock – your favourite spacecraft beer, crispies, 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 colour. Perhaps invest in some woolen socks, too. Pantsdrunk is not about get squandered. Make sure you only suck according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- precisely your drinking of selection, a comfy sofa and a Tv display you’re happy to binge watch.
It isn’t puritanical. Want to eat two whole sharing bags of crispies? Fine, go for it.
Lots of life trends tell you to switch off your telephones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine-coloured, acting your mode through a series of cat videos?
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