After a busy day at work interviewing 30 students, followed by a busy evening at home cleaning and moving furniture around, I was in need of a relaxing activity to help me unwind. I'm usually not very good at relaxing, but I managed to find something that was both calming and productive: I spent about 30 minutes cutting snowflakes from assorted paper. What a fun and creative outlet, and with every incision, I actually felt myself becoming less hyper. Bonus: on Saturday I'm having people over for a Christmas party, so the snowflakes will come in handy making things more festive around here.
When the hustle and bustle of this hectic season have you feeling depleted, try making snowflakes. Twenty or thirty minutes should do the trick, and you'll have something pretty to look at afterward.