Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our gasps, opening a beer and watching TV. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been promoted to an official activity
It’s been a long date: one gather after the other. You leave your office, joyous the working day is finally over. You could head out, system until the early hours, but somehow it doesn’t entreaty. What you are required to, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be invited 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 counterbalance”, 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 difficulty with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never really relax. They’re too busy constantly weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they make.” I could buy a neat container of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic utensil it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
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 blankets and a sequence of leather-bound backbones on the bookshelf. It’s those images we see in interior design publications and on Instagram. And this is its failing: not all of us have the means to spend our periods wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no situate for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish track to pleasure. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a expression that literally means” sucking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic ideal. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t necessitate that you deny yourself the interesting thing that represent you happy or that you invest a rich on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and loading your home 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 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 harsh Finnish environment, one of eternal gloom and freezing temperatures for nine and a half months per year. Look out of a space 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 intimacy requires a lengthy and distressing trek. And that’s at noon, the brightest detail of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish route to prosperity derives from simple elements: cozy robes, booze imbibed in suitable quantities and no planned 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 extends the relationship.
All you really need is the foresight to prepare. Pack the fridge full of budget-brand artisanal brew, stock up on plunges, 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 coatings of clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally signifies undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching the most pleasant moment of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your paw, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and grasp one of the cold brews from the refrigerator. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a late exhale 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. Nearly three years ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Unit for Public Diplomacy launched two emojis of beings drinking in their lingerie in armchairs- a soldier in brief with a brew 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, convenience and equilibrium. Each has been determined by its history, culture and national reputation. The difference between the three of them lies in their financial history.
When Finland proclaimed national independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP just grazing the world-wide norm. 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 governed country in the world. It is too 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 also facilitates when it is necessary to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Funny 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 logic that starts from inner treaty. You don’t even have to drink booze achieve these goals – it’s about taking time out, revelling 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 doctrine and you are immersing yourself in true Finnish culture.
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How to relax like a genuine Finn
Have the right textiles in stock – your favourite craft brew, crispies, 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 emblazon. Perhaps invest in some woolen socks, too. Pantsdrunk is not about getting squandered. Make sure you simply suck according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the chamber of representatives- exactly your boozing of option, a cozy sofa and a TV show 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 life veers tell you to switch off your telephones and get outside. Wouldn’t you instead be inside with a glass of wine-colored, wielding your room through a series of cat videos?
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