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 promoted to an official activity
It’s been a long epoch: one find after another. 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 need, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be invited to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they actually better now? Lagom, a Swedish text, can be translated as” in perfect balance”, 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 actually relax. They’re too busy perpetually weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they draw.” I could buy a nice jackpot of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic jackpot it comes in is so bad for the environmental issues .”
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 row of leather-bound stickers on the bookshelf. It’s those likeness we see in interior design publications and on Instagram. And this is its miscarrying: not all of us is able to waste our days wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no target for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish footpath to prosperity. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a word that literally signifies” boozing at home, alone, in your underwear “. This may sound fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideal. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t necessitate that you deny yourself the interesting thing that realize you happy or that you invest a rich on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and quantity 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 berth atmospheric epitomes on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about telling go and being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk derived as a response to the harsh Finnish surrounding, one of unending gloomines and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months per year. Look out of a window 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 ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and disagreeable trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest item of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish route to joy derives from simple factors: comfortable invests, booze imbibed in appropriate quantities and no intent 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 redoubles the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal beer, stock up on immerses, 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 layers of clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally means undressing. Gradually you’ll reach the most enjoyable instant of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your hoof, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble 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 exhale 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 parties drinking in their underwear in armchairs- a guy in briefs with a beer 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 history, culture and national attribute. The discrepancies between the three of them lies in their financial history.
When Finland proclaimed greater independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP scarcely grazing the world-wide norm. 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, ranked the most stable, the safest and best governed 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 too facilitates when it is necessary 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 earnestly. It’s also an attitude and ideology that starts from inner peacefulnes. 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 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 compelled. Follow this philosophy and you are immersing yourself in true Finnish culture.
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How to relax like a true Finn
Have the claim cloths in stock – your favourite skill beer, crispies, hummus, cheese 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 coat socks, too. 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 house- exactly your beverage of alternative, a cozy sofa and a TV evidence you’re happy to orgy watch.
It isn’t puritan. Want to eat two whole sharing bags of crisps? Fine, go for it.
Lots of life-style veers tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine, running your method through a series of “cat-o-nine-tail” videos?
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