Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our breathes, opening a brew and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been heightened to an official activity
It’s been a long day: one see after another. 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 petition. What you need, more than anything, is to relax and de-stress.
You might be allured to turn to the favourite Scandinavian antidotes to stress, lagom and hygge . But are they truly better now? Lagom, a Swedish term, can be translated as” in perfect match”, 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 modern world. The problem with lagom lies with its emphasis on being a good person: a good person can never really relax. They’re too busy incessantly weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they form.” I could buy a neat potty of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic cup it comes in is so bad for the environment .”
Denmark, meanwhile, is renowned for its hygge – cuddling ambience and luxuriating 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 portraits we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its miscarrying: not all of us have the means to invest our dates wrap in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no place for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish route to merriment. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a term that literally represents” drinking at home, alone, in your lingerie “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic model. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t requisition that you disclaim yourself the interesting thing that establish you happy or that you waste a fortune on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and loading your room 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 berth atmospheric images on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about telling is now going being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk progressed as a response to the harsh Finnish situation, one of ceaseless desolation 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 pavements are crusted in ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human intimacy requires a lengthy and nasty trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest item of the working day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish track to joy derives from simple parts: comfy invests, booze guzzled in proper quantities and no intent 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 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 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 layers of investing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly awkward or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally means undressing. Gradually you’ll reaching the most pleasurable instant of your striptease: the slow peeling off of your sweaty socks from your hoof, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now saunter to the kitchen and grab one of the cold brews from the fridge. Sink down on the sofa in your underwear and let out a deep exhale 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 launched two emojis of beings sucking in their lingerie in armchairs- a human 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 objective: optimal peace of mind, consolation and equilibrium. Each has been shaped by its own history, culture and national reputation. The discrepancies between the three of them lies in their economic history.
When Finland showed its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP just pasturing the world-wide norm. Life expectancy was low and infant mortality high. Yet, in 100 years, Finland has become a post-industrial learning 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, ranked the most stable, the safest and best governed country in the world. It is likewise 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 severely. It’s also an attitude and philosophy that starts from inner peacefulnes. You don’t even have to drink alcohol 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 required. Follow this logic and you are immersing yourself in genuine Finnish culture.
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How to loosen like a genuine Finn
Have the right cloths in stock – your favourite ship brew, crispies, hummus, cheese 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 wool socks, too. Pantsdrunk is not about going squandered. Make sure you only booze according to your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- exactly your sip of alternative, a cozy sofa and a TV appearance you’re happy to orgy 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 phones and get outside. Wouldn’t you rather be inside with a glass of wine, toiling your space through a series of cat videos?
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