Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our breathes, opening a beer and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been hoisted to an official activity
It’s been a long daylight: one see 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 plea. What you are required to, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be seduced to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they genuinely any good? Lagom, a Swedish statement, can be translated as” in perfect poise”, 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 problem with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never certainly relax. They’re too busy invariably weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they realize.” I could buy a nice container of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic pot it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is famous for its hygge – espousing ambience and revelling in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen coverings and a sequence of leather-bound spines on the bookshelf. It’s those portraits we see in interior design periodicals and on Instagram. And this is its neglecting: not all of us have the means to spend our daytimes wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn nights. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no lieu for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish path to delight. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a period that literally signifies” sucking at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This know it sounds fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideology. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t ask that you disavow yourself the interesting thing that acquire you happy or that you invest a fate 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 post atmospheric personas on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about letting is now going being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk evolved as a response to the coarse Finnish surrounding, one of eternal despair 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 ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and distressing trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest object of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish path to gaiety derives from simple parts: comfortable clothes, alcohol guzzled in suitable amounts and no intention 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 extends 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 coatings of clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly unpleasant or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally signifies undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching “the worlds largest” pleasant 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 cold brews from the refrigerator. 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 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 lingerie in armchairs- a man in briefs 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 objective: optimal peace of mind, consolation and equilibrium. Each has been influenced by its own history, culture and national reputation. The difference between the three of them lies in their economic history.
When Finland swore its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP barely grazing the world-wide norm. Life expectancy was low and child 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 also achieved the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, ranked the most stable, the safest and best decided country in the nations of 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 too helps when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Humorous 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 gravely. It’s also an attitude and doctrine that starts from inner armistice. 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 required. Follow this doctrine and you are immersing yourself in true-life Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a true-blue Finn
Have the claim textiles in stock – your favourite skill beer, 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 colouring. Perhaps invest in some hair socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about getting wasted. Make sure you exclusively drink according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- just your drink of select, a comfy sofa and a TV demo you’re happy to orgy watch.
It isn’t puritanical. Want to eat two whole sharing bags of crispies? Fine, go for it.
Lots of life-style directions tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you instead be inside with a glass of wine-colored, working your way through a series of cat videos?
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