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10 Ways to Relax This Summer – Truly Unwind and Unplug to be Happy and Balanced

Lighthouse Montauk, New York

Lighthouse Montauk, New York

Summer is almost in full swing: kids are getting out of school, family vacations, beach outings, BBQs, and many other fun summer activities we all love to do. Although most of us work during the summer, it’s also a time to enjoy and relax. Learning to truly unwind and unplug will help us become happier and more balanced leaving us refreshed for fall saying, “That was a great summer!” Psychotherapist, positive living expert, and author of the popular book, Creating Balance and Finding Happiness, Diane Lang, offer 10 ways to truly relax this summer.

1. Take some time to spend outdoors — when we spend our time in nature, it naturally calms us and gives us a feeling of inner peace. The bonus is natural sunlight which gives us our vitamin D — great for the bones and a mood booster.

2. Unplug from Technology — use the summer as an excuse to be in vacation mode. Even if you can only do this once a week, take that time to connect to nature by unplugging from technology.

3. Start a fitness program that is fun and adventurous — go hiking, bike riding, etc. Do something new and fun! Make it better by bringing a friend.

4. Slow down — it’s summer; start living mindfully by doing one task at a time, enjoying the beauty around you and living in the moment.

5. Spend time with friends and family — set up date nights and fun nights! The days are longe r so it’s a great time to really go out and have fun!

6. Do activities you really love – read the book you never had time to, take a day trip to a new town and see new sights, go to the beach and relax. Whatever brings you “flow.” This is the time to do it.

7. Step outside of your comfort zone — try something new. It can be something simple like trying a new drink or food, a new restaurant. Every time we try something new we take a risk and feel a boost of happiness.

8. Use up your personal time from work and have some free time with no expectations. It doesn’t matter if you go on vacation or just take a walk, its just enjoying some time off!

9. Create some “me time” — I wake up ten minutes earlier in the summer to sit outside on my deck with my coffee and just enjoy the silence. All you need to do is take 10-15 minutes a day for you!

10. Breathe — even with nice weather and longer days we can still get stressed. So, when you feel the stress coming, take a moment to close your eyes and take a deep breathe.  It works!

TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW please contact Tasha Mayberry, Director Public Relations at 207.317.6099 or Diane is a frequent media expert on TV, radio and has been featured in many magazines, newspapers, and blogs.


Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Lang has been interviewed for numerous magazine and newspaper articles and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV shows including “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Network. Lang is a monthly contributor for “Family Beautiful” magazine, a weekly columnist for, a regular featured expert on the “Expat Show” broadcasted weekly on the New York ABC affiliate WTBQ-AM, and a Blogger at ;

Lang speaks to employees of large companies to help reduce stress in the workplace and speaks to parents about how to create balance and find happiness along with a variety of other health and wellness topics. For rates or to book Diane Lang contact

Diane is also the author of two books: “Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career” and “Creating Balance and Finding Happiness.”

Click here for more information on Diane Langs’ books or visit

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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