Many of us are familiar with the idea of clean to our gasps, opening a beer and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been heightened to an official activity
It’s been a long day: 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 plea. What you need, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be tempted to turn to the favourite Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they certainly any good? Lagom, a Swedish word, can be translated as” in perfect offset”, 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 consistent with the realities of the modern world. The trouble with lagom lies with its emphasis on has become a good person: a good person can never actually tighten. They’re too busy incessantly weighing the ethical the effects of every little decision they see.” I could buy a nice pot of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic cup 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 beaker of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen blankets and a row of leather-bound prickles on the bookshelf. It’s those likeness we see in interior design periodicals and on Instagram. And this is its neglecting: not all of us have the means to spend our days wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou 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 itinerary to happiness. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a period that literally represents” drinking 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 expect that you repudiate yourself the little things that stir you happy or that you spend a fate on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and loading your house with more altar candles than a Catholic faith. Affordability is its hallmark, offering a realistic redres to everyday stress. Which is why this lifestyle alternative is the antithesis of pose and pretence: one does not upright 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 progressed as a response to the harsh Finnish environment, one of eternal despair and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months of its first year. Seem out of a opening on a Finnish November day and much of the time it’s pitch dark and frost, a lacerating sleet is precipitate and the pavements are crusted in frost and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and nasty trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest point of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish itinerary to happiness is derived from simple factors: cozy clothes, alcohol imbibed in appropriate quantities 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 practised properly, pantsdrunk with one’s spouse or significant other expands and deepens the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to devise. Pack the refrigerator full of budget-brand artisanal brew, stock up on dips, crisp 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 beds of dres( the basic convention: take off anything that’s even mildly awkward or formal ). Garmenting for pantsdrunk generally necessitates undressing. Gradually you’ll contact “the worlds largest” pleasurable instant of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your hoofs, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and grab one of the cold beers from the refrigerator. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a deep exhale of relief.
If you’re questioning the complexity of this formula, then consider the fact that pantsdrunk is not just Finnish lore 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 drinking in their lingerie in armchairs- a humankind in brief with a brew and the status of women with a glass of red wine- to represent Finnish culture.
As a lifestyle option, pantsdrunk is not in conflict with lagom and hygge. They all spring from the same Nordic descents and are the same ultimate goals: optimal peace of mind, solace and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its own history, culture and national persona. The difference between the three of them lies in their economic history.
When Finland swore national independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poverty-stricken, agrarian country with a GDP just pasturing the global average. Life anticipation was low-neck and infant mortality high. Yet, in 100 years, Finland has become a post-industrial learning society and the third most prosperous country in the world. It too achieved the highest total rating in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, ranked the most stable, the safest and best decided nations of the world. It is also among the least corrupted and the most socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education likewise facilitates when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more channel to celebrate the importance of ensuring that loosening. Humorous as its approaching 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 agreement. You don’t even have to drink booze achieve these goals – it’s about taking time out, revelling in a little bit of what you enjoy and being authentic. Eventually, the Finnish approach is closer to mindfulness than it is to the Nordic notions of hygge and lagom. A real pantsdrunk pro known to be to be his or her laid-back soul, regardless of the circumstances- no styled Scandi interior necessary. Follow this philosophy and “you think youre” submerge yourself in true Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a true-life Finn
Have the right information in stock – your favourite plane beer, crispy, hummus, cheese 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 emblazon. Perhaps invest in some wool socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about getting consumed. Establish sure you only drink according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not involve expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the members of this house- exactly your boozing of choice, a cozy sofa and a Tv demo you’re happy to binge watch.
It isn’t puritan. Crave to gobble two whole sharing bags of crispy? Fine, go for it.
Lots of lifestyle tendencies tell you to switch off your phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you rather be inside with a glass of wine-coloured, acting your behavior through a series of “cat-o-nine-tail” videos?
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