Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our throbs, opening a beer and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been promoted to an official activity
It’s been a long period: one gratify after another. 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 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 truly any good? 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 problem with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never actually relax. They’re too busy invariably weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they establish.” I could buy a neat container of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic container it comes in is so bad for the environmental issues .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is famous for its hygge – embracing 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 epitomes we see in interior design periodicals and on Instagram. And this is its miscarrying: not all of us have the means to spend our daylights wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on tempestuou autumn nights. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no plaza for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish itinerary 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 fanciful but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic principle. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t requirement that you disclaim yourself the little things that prepare you happy or that you expend a luck on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and quantity your home with more altar candles than a Catholic church. Affordability is its hallmark, present a realistic remedy to everyday stress. Which is why this lifestyle choice is the antithesis of constituting and pretence: one does not post atmospheric epitomes on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about letting go and being yourself , no insincerity and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk advanced as a response to the harsh Finnish environment, one of unending desolation and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months per 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 ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and disagreeable trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest quality of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish itinerary to gaiety derives from simple components: cozy invests, alcohol absorbed in appropriate quantities 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 extends the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal beer, stock up on immerses, 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 layers of robing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally necessitates undressing. Gradually you’ll contact “the worlds largest” pleasurable minute of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your feet, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and grasp one of the cold beers from the refrigerator. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a late 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 propelled two emojis of parties boozing in their underwear in armchairs- a soldier in briefs with a beer and the status of women 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, solace and equilibrium. Each has been influenced by its history, culture and national character. The difference between the three of them lies in their economic history.
When Finland testified its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP scarcely grazing the world average. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high-pitched. Yet, in 100 years, Finland becomes a post-industrial learning society and the third most prosperous country in the world. It likewise achieved the highest total score in the UN’s 2018 World Happiness Report, ranked the most stable, the safest and best determined “worlds countries”. 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 likewise helps when it comes 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 gravely. It’s also an attitude and ideology that starts from inner conciliation. 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 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 asked. Follow this philosophy and you are immersing yourself in true-blue Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a true-blue Finn
Have the claim information in stock – your favourite ship 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 coat socks, more. Pantsdrunk is not about get consumed. Make sure you only suck according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- simply your glas of selection, a comfy sofa and a Tv picture you’re happy to binge watch.
It isn’t puritanical. Want to eat two whole sharing bags of crisps? Fine, go for it.
Lots of life veers tell you to switch off your telephones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine-coloured, labor your course through a series of cat videos?
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