Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our gasps, opening a brew and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been elevated to an official activity
It’s been a long epoch: one meet after the other. You leave your office, joyous the working day is finally over. You could head out, network until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t plead. What you are required to, 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 really better now? Lagom, a Swedish statement, can be translated as” in perfect equilibrium”, 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 trouble with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never really relax. They’re too busy perpetually weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they realise.” I could buy a neat jackpot of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic jackpot it comes in is so bad for the environmental issues .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is famous for its hygge – cuddling ambience and revelling in leisureliness. Hygge is a mug of hot chocolate sipped near an open fire, soft woollen coverings and a row of leather-bound prickles on the bookshelf. It’s those images we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its flunking: not all of us have the means to spend our daylights wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no neighbourhood for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish path to pleasure. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a expression that literally represents” sucking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideology. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t necessitate that you disavow yourself the little things that become you happy or that you invest a luck on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and onu your mansion with more altar candles than a Catholic church. Affordability is its hallmark, give a realistic remedy to everyday stress. Which is why this lifestyle choice is the antithesis of posing and pretence: one does not berth atmospheric personas on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about giving is now going being yourself , no insincerity and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk evolved as a response to the harsh Finnish environment, one of perpetual mist 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 nasty trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest detail of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish itinerary to prosperity derives from simple constituents: comfy invests, booze guzzled in suitable sums and no purpose 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 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 beer, stock up on immerses, crispies 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 clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally means undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching the most pleasant minute of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your hoof, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and grasp one of the coldnes brews from the fridge. 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 consider the fact 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 propelled two emojis of parties boozing in their lingerie in armchairs- a soldier in briefs with a brew 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 goals: optimal peace of mind, consolation and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its own history, culture and national reputation. The difference between the three of them lies 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 global median. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high. 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, graded the most stable, the safest and best determined country in the world. It is also 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 may be, 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 logic that starts from inner agreement. You don’t even have to suck booze to achieve it – it’s about taking time out, gratifying 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 necessitated. Follow this logic and you are immersing yourself in true-blue Finnish culture.
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How to relax like a true-life Finn
Have the claim textiles in stock – your favourite skill beer, 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 woolen socks, very. Pantsdrunk is not about going consumed. 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 potion of selection, a cozy sofa and a Tv display 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 veers tell you to switch off your telephones and get outside. Wouldn’t you rather be inside with a glass of wine-colored, labouring your behavior through a series of cat videos?
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