Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our throbs, opening a beer and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been elevated to an official activity
It’s been a long daytime: one session after the other. You leave your office, glad 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 persuasion to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they really any good? Lagom, a Swedish word, 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 modern world. The trouble with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never genuinely relax. They’re too busy perpetually weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they move.” I could buy a nice potty of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic flowerpot it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is famous 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 prickles on the bookshelf. It’s those epitomes we see in interior design publications and on Instagram. And this is its failing: not all of us is able to spend our daytimes wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn nights. Hygge is like a Disney movie that needles no place for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish itinerary to joy. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a term that literally intends” sucking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This may sound fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideal. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t requisition that you disavow yourself the interesting thing that stimulate you happy or that you waste a luck on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and load your room 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 posing and pretence: one does not berth atmospheric images on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about telling is now going being yourself , no insincerity and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk derived as a response to the stern Finnish environment, one of perpetual sadnes and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months per 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 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 midday, the brightest point of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish footpath to happy derives from simple components: cozy invests, alcohol absorbed in proper sums and no intention 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 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 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 strata of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally makes undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching the most enjoyable minute 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 cold brews 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 be borne in mind 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 beings drinking in their underwear 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 objective: 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 swore its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP scarcely pasturing the world median. Life expectancy was low and child 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 decided country in the world. It is also 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 likewise facilitates when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Funny 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 ideology that starts from inner peace. You don’t even have to drink alcohol to achieve it – it’s about taking time out, pandering 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 philosophy and you are immersing yourself in true-blue Finnish culture.
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How to relax like a true-life Finn
Have the right information in stock – your favourite craftsmanship brew, crispies, hummus, cheeses and cookies are all key weapons 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, more. Pantsdrunk is not about going squandered. Make sure you merely suck according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- only your boozing of option, a comfy sofa and a TV reveal 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 lifestyle veers tell you to switch off your telephones and get outside. Wouldn’t you instead be inside with a glass of wine-colored, labouring your space through a series of feline videos?
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