Many of us are familiar with the idea of depriving to our pants, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been elevated to an official activity
It’s been a long day: one find after the other. 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 plea. What you need, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be tempted to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they truly any good? Lagom, a Swedish text, can be translated as” in perfect counterbalance”, 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 problem with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never certainly relax. They’re too busy constantly weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they constitute.” I could buy a neat cup 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 – hugging ambience and luxuriating in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen coverings and a sequence of leather-bound backbones on the bookshelf. It’s those epitomes we see in interior design publications and on Instagram. And this is its miscarrying: not all of us have the means to waste our periods wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou 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 term that literally necessitates” sucking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic standard. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t requirement that you disclaim yourself the interesting thing that build you happy or that you spend a rich on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and load your room 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 berth 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 derived as a response to the coarse Finnish environ, one of unending desolation and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months per 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 friendship requires a lengthy and nasty trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest extent of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish direction to happiness derives from simple ingredients: comfy invests, booze guzzled in proper amounts 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 performed 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 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 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 reaching the most pleasurable time of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your feet, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and grab one of the coldnes brews 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 propelled two emojis of parties boozing in their lingerie in armchairs- a gentleman 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, convenience and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its own history, culture and national persona. The difference between the three of them lies in their financial history.
When Finland testified its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP just pasturing the world median. Life expectancy was low and child 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, graded the most stable, the safest and best determined country in the world. It is too among the least corrupt and “the worlds largest” socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education also helps when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Funny 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 seriously. It’s also an attitude and logic that starts from inner peace. You don’t even have to drink alcohol to achieve it – it’s about taking time out, indulging 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 involved. Follow this ideology and you are immersing yourself in true-blue Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a true-blue Finn
Have the right textiles in stock – your favourite skill beer, crisps, hummus, cheeses 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 quality. Perhaps invest in some coat socks, extremely. Pantsdrunk is not about going wasted. Make sure you exclusively drink according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- merely your alcohol of choice, a comfy sofa and a TV demo 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 phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine-colored, labor your path through a series of cat videos?
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