Many of us are familiar with the idea of depriving to our pants, opening a beer and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been hoisted to an official activity
It’s been a long daylight: one find after the other. You leave your office, happy the working day is finally over. You could head out, system until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t petition. What you need, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be allured to turn to the popular Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they really better now? Lagom, a Swedish parole, can be translated as” in perfect poise”, 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 contemporary world. The trouble with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never certainly relax. They’re too busy constantly weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they become.” I could buy a neat utensil of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic bowl it comes in is so bad for the environmental issues .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned 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 backbones on the bookshelf. It’s those images we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its neglecting: not all of us have the means to spend our daytimes wrapped 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 footpath to joy. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a expression that literally entails” drinking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic model. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t necessitate that you disavow yourself the little things that stimulate you happy or that you expend a rich on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and load your mansion 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 constituting and pretence: one does not berth atmospheric epitomes 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 coarse Finnish environment, one of unending mist and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months of the 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 frost and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human friendship requires a lengthy and unpleasant trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest level of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish footpath to happy derives from simple factors: cozy invests, booze imbibed in suitable sums and no aim 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 increases the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal brew, stock up on dips, crispies 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 seams of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly awkward or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally necessitates undressing. Gradually you’ll contact the most pleasant moment of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your foot, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and grab one of the cold beers from the fridge. 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 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 people sucking in their lingerie in armchairs- a husband 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 goals: optimal peace of mind, comfort and equilibrium. Each has been influenced by its own history, culture and national persona. The difference between the three of them is currently in their economic history.
When Finland affirmed its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP barely pasturing the world norm. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high. Yet, in 100 years, Finland becomes a post-industrial learning society and the third most prosperous country in the nations of the world. It also achieved the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, graded the most stable, the safest and best governed country in the nations of the world. It is also among the least corrupt and the most socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted 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 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 agreement. 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 involved. Follow this logic and you are immersing yourself in genuine Finnish culture.
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How to relax like a genuine Finn
Have the privilege fabrics in stock – your favourite skill brew, crisps, 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 fleece socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about getting squandered. Make sure you merely booze according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- precisely your alcohol of choice, a cozy sofa and a Tv testify you’re happy to binge 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 rather be inside with a glass of wine-coloured, cultivating your practice through a series of cat videos?
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