Local center encourages people to slow down and de-stress

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The Vibrance Center is helping people manage their stress and encouraging them to slow down and stop and smell the roses.

The founder, Colleen Kielton, said her idea to open the center came after she struggled to manage her stress during her hectic schedule.

"When we live in that state of on, on, on, we don't give our bodies time to recover," Kielton said. "We're only meant to be temporarily stressed, and yet we stay in that state. If we're awake, we're on."

Kielton said stress has many harmful effects on the body, and it's important for people to take time to unwind and relax.

Jamie Fisher, a client at the center, said the center has helped her regain control of her life and her emotions.

"Stress and anxiety have been something I've dealt with for a while," Fisher said. "Ever since I was little and diagnosed with health problems, I went to countless doctors and tried medicine, but nothing seemed to work."

Fisher decided to try out the center to help her balance her busy work schedule, young daughter and many commitments.

"I've seen significant changes in my job performance and overall outlook, it helps me be a better mom," Fisher said.

Jen Scearce, a vibrational sound therapist, said taking time to slow down and relax is vital to continue productivity.

"Even a 15-minute session you feel relaxed and rejuvenated," Scearce said. "Everything you need comes from within, so if you just give your body and mind enough time to recover, it does more good than you realize."

Kielton said so many individuals turn to medicine and doctors when they feel run down, but instead they should try and manage their stress.

"Seventy-five to 95 percent of primary care physician visits are stress-related," Kielton said. "If your body is stressed out and you add medicine, where will the stress go? If your body is in a calm state, the medicine will work better."