Many of us are familiar with the idea of stripping to our pants, opening a brew and watching Tv. But in Finland Pantsdrunk has been elevated to an official activity
It’s been a long day: 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 request. 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 any good? Lagom, a Swedish parole, can be translated as” in perfect offset”, 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 certainly relax. They’re too busy constantly weighing the ethical consequences of every little decision they obligate.” I could buy a nice jackpot of hummus to enjoy with dinner, but that plastic flowerpot 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 blankets and a row of leather-bound backbones on the bookshelf. It’s those personas we see in interior design magazines and on Instagram. And this is its miscarrying: not all of us have the means to spend our days wrapped in cashmere, reclining on an Arne Jacobsen sofa on stormy autumn evenings. Hygge is like a Disney movie that leaves no target for the mess of real life.
But there is another Scandi option- the Finnish course to delight. Unlike our lovely neighbours, the Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarik anni , a word that literally makes” sucking at home, alone, in your underwear “. This know it sounds extravagant but at the heart of this approach lies a democratic standard. “Pantsdrunk” doesn’t request that you disavow yourself the little things that obligate you happy or that you waste a luck on Instagrammable Scandi furniture and load your house 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 constituting and pretence: one does not post atmospheric personas on Instagram whilst pantsdrunk. Pantsdrunk is real. It’s about giving go and being yourself , no affectation and no performance.
It’s easy to see how pantsdrunk derived as a response to the harsh Finnish environ, 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 ice and slush. Often the streets are deserted and human companionship requires a lengthy and distressing trek. And that’s at midday, the brightest quality of the day. No wonder pantsdrunk came into being.
The liberating effect of this Finnish itinerary to prosperity derives from simple constituents: comfortable invests, alcohol guzzled in proper sums and no purpose of going out. That’s not to say that pantsdrunk needs to be a solo activity. It are also welcome to be enjoyed with a good friend, housemate or perhaps a relative. When performed 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 plunges, 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 mantles of clothing( the basic rule: take off anything that’s even mildly uncomfortable or formal ). Dressing for pantsdrunk generally means undressing. Gradually you’ll reach “the worlds largest” enjoyable minute of your striptease: the slow peel off of your sweaty socks from your foot, a sensation that deserves its own Scandi expression. Now ramble to the kitchen and grasp one of the coldnes beers from the fridge. 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 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 propelled two emojis of parties drinking in their lingerie in armchairs- a husband 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 goals: optimal peace of mind, solace and equilibrium. Each has been influenced by its own history, culture and national persona. The discrepancies between the three of them lies in their financial history.
When Finland testified its independence from Russia in 1917, it was a poor, agrarian country with a GDP barely pasturing the world-wide median. Life expectancy was low and child mortality high-pitched. 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 determined 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 too facilitates when it is necessary to happiness.
Arguably, pantsdrunk is one more way to celebrate the importance of relaxation. Whimsical 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 doctrine that starts from inner armistice. 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 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 asked. Follow this philosophy and you are immersing yourself in true Finnish culture.
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How to relax like a true-blue Finn
Have the right information in stock – your favourite craftsmanship brew, crispies, hummus, cheeses and biscuits are all key weapons in the pantsdrunk arsenal.
Find your most comfortable underwear- the really holey ones where you’ve forgotten their original colouring. Perhaps invest in some fleece socks, very. Pantsdrunk is not about going squandered. Make sure you only booze are in accordance with your needs and abilities.
Pantsdrunk does not require expensive furniture and artisanal hot chocolate in the house- only your drink of selection, a comfy sofa and a Tv depict 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 lifestyle tendencies tell you to switch off your telephones and get outside. Wouldn’t you preferably be inside with a glass of wine-coloured, cultivating your path through a series of cat videos?
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