Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our throbs, opening a brew and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been hoisted to an official activity
It’s been a long era: one see 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 plea. What you are required to, 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 actually better now? Lagom, a Swedish word, can be translated as” in perfect counterbalance”, 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 question with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never certainly relax. They’re too busy perpetually weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they manufacture.” I could buy a nice container of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic flowerpot it comes in is so bad for the environmental issues .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is famous for its hygge – hugging ambience and luxuriating in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen blankets and a sequence of leather-bound prickles on the bookshelf. It’s those personas we see in interior design periodicals and on Instagram. And this is its miscarrying: not all of us have the means to spend our daytimes wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy 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 track to happiness. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a word that literally symbolizes” drinking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This may sound fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic paragon. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t expect that you repudiate yourself the interesting thing that oblige you happy or that you invest a fortune on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and load your live 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 upright atmospheric personas on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about letting go and being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk advanced as a response to the coarse Finnish situation, one of eternal despair and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months of the 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 sidewalks are crusted in sparkler and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human friendship requires a lengthy and distressing trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest phase of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish track to merriment derives from simple constituents: comfy clothes, booze imbibed in proper amounts 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 marriage or significant other expands and increases the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal brew, stock up on plunges, 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 coatings of clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally means undressing. Gradually you’ll contact the most pleasant time of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your paw, 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 deep sigh 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 boozing in their underwear in armchairs- a soldier in brief 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 are the same ultimate objective: optimal peace of mind, comfort and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its own history, culture and national persona. The discrepancies between the three of them is currently 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-wide median. 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 too 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 most socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most relied and its banks the soundest. Free healthcare and university education too facilitates when it comes to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Whimsical 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 philosophy that starts from inner quietnes. 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 required. Follow this ideology and you are immersing yourself in true Finnish culture.
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How to tighten like a true-life Finn
Have the claim textiles in stock – your favourite aircraft beer, crisps, 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 colour. Perhaps invest in some hair socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about get consumed. 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- simply your suck of selection, a cozy sofa and a TV demo you’re happy to orgy watch.
It isn’t puritan. 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 preferably be inside with a glass of wine-colored, driving your behavior through a series of cat videos?
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