How This Gold Medal Sailor Stays Focused Is So Simple You Can Do It Too

Sarah Douglas, a world-class athlete in USANA's "Winner's Circle," is showing you how to live your best life.


Sarah Douglas, at just 27 years old, is one of the best sailors in the world. On the water since she was 7, she competed in world championships as a teen and went on to win gold at the 2019 Pan American Games. With the Tokyo Olympics in her sights, she's preparing for the race of her life.

"I'm fueled by trying to be the best that I can be, to push the envelope, to strive to be excellent in all aspects of my life — not just for sailing," Sarah said.

With the sun in her eyes and the fierce winds pushing her, how does she stay focused on controlling her boat and her destiny? It's all about keeping her mind in the right space.

"I really believe in meditation and deep breathing," she said, explaining that "circle breathing" is what helps her stay centered.

"Refocusing on what my priority is, so whether that's going to be 'I need to focus on what the wind is doing here, I need to focus on my technique,' and just honing in on that one thing really helps me focus and prepare for what I need to do," she said.

Sarah is a member of the Winner's Circle, a group of high-performance athletes who prioritize every aspect of their health to be the best in their game — while also managing their personal lives as parents, children, siblings, and friends. Sarah wants to motivate you — and show you how — to live your best life.

So you don't need to be a world-class athlete to benefit from her breathing trick. It's so simple — you can do it too! Try it out for yourself the next time you need to reset and refocus on a task at work or stay centered for a long-term goal.

Circle Breathing

1. Take a deep breath in through your nostrils, counting to five. Breathe from your abdomen.

2. Breathe out through your nostrils, counting to five.

3. Repeat.

Tip: Do not pause between breaths. Keep the breaths continuous.

Want more success and wellness tips from Sarah, like how she celebrates a big win (ice cream, FTW!)? Check out her full video above.