05/22/2012 06:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Barbara Berezowski's GPS Guide

The stress and strains of our always-connected lives can sometimes take us off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what works for others in the hopes that you can find out what works for yourself. Whether it's photos that relax you or make you smile, songs that bring you back to your heart, quotes or poems that balance you or meditative exercises that help de-stress you, we all have tricks that we use when we get bent out of shape. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and harmony.

Barbara Berezowski, Olympian, Author, Speaker

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There were many stepping stones and competitions to participate in on my road to becoming a National and World Professional Figure Skating Champion and eventually an Olympian. The pressures of striving to be the best was at times very stressful and it was up to me alone to learn how to handle it. All the hours of training and practice prepared me for the competitions to come however I had very little instruction on how to prepare mentally and spiritually. I knew that there was something more that was necessary to complete the package. I had to rely on ME to get myself prepared to step out onto the ice and be the best I could be.

In my case, I knew early on, that relaxation was a must in order to recharge my batteries for the challenges and competitions ahead. After the countless hours of preparation, the whole thing comes down to one I have always felt that there was a powerful positive energy within me and I found success in engaging with that force and allowing to let things just be. It is still the same for me now as it was when I skated. Whether it is an important presentation or a big event or competition on the horizon, my formula for success is to put all of that "stuff" out of your head and get back to who you are as a person. What works for me is a ritual of candlelight, music, bubbles and sleep. There is nothing more soothing than a hot bubble bath with candlelight and your favourite song playing to complete the mood. Through my thoughts, and in a relaxed state, I travel to a place that is soothing and calm where I can center myself. When I am at peace with who I am as a person, knowing that goodness and kindness are key, I am in a frame of mind that exudes confidence and I'm ready to face the world again as me.