Stress is a universal problem suffered by everyone everywhere. A little bit of stress can be helpful or motivating but too much stress can lead to mental and extreme physical problems. Extreme stress can be the cause of major depression, heart disease, anxiety, worsen diabetes, and obesity; but how does someone cope with extreme stress in their daily lives? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that helps you calm your mind and body allowing you to cope with whatever life has thrown at you. Research has shown that the majority of those who practice MBSR have gained: an enhanced ability to cope with stressful situations, reduced levels of anxiety and depression, an increased ability to cope with pain, and increased self-esteem among a slew of other things. Mindfulness has existed in cultures for thousands of years in hundreds of forms, but MBSR particularly borrows its teaching for Buddhist philosophies, though it is completely secular and will not infringe on anybody’s beliefs in anyway. MBSR teaches “mindfulness,” is the ability to focus only on the things that are happening in the present moment in time, but not to “zone out” but rather to pay complete attention and be aware of what is happening in your surroundings. For example, you may sit and choose to focus quietly on your emotions, or on the sounds of the environment, how food tastes and smells. When you are mindful, you do just one thing and focus on that one thing. Mindfulness is spreading throughout the workplace and throughout major sports organizations. Taking a brief moment to focus can help you through an extremely stressful day or situation.