September 2022 Newsletter
Order Your Lunch from The Village Cafe at The Oxford Center!
Order your lunch or dinner from The Village Cafe! Make sure you have a healthy meal even when you’re busy at work or out running errands. We have a fantastic selection of gluten-free sandwiches and pizzas as well as delicious soups and salads. You can take your lunch to-go, or relax in one of our seating areas and enjoy the wi-fi while you eat. For a quick and healthy fall dinner, grab one of our take and bake pizzas and a salad for the family. Feel free to park in the circle drive for your quick order pick up.
All proceeds from The Village of The Oxford Center shops go to The Oxford Kids Foundation. The Oxford Kids Foundation helps pay for life changing therapies not covered by insurance. An act as simple as ordering your lunch can help a child in need!
Colossians 3:23 Coffee House & The Village Cafe are Giving Back to Our Local First Responders
Colossians 3:23 Coffee House and The Village Cafe will be providing a free meal to our local fire and police departments. On Tuesday, September 13th from 7:30am – 3pm we will be welcoming the Green Oak Police Department for a free coffee and breakfast or lunch item of their choice. On Tuesday, September 20th we will be welcoming the Green Oak Fire Department.
At The Village of The Oxford Center, we are always striving to create great relationships within our community and to showcase our love for serving others. As the year progresses we hope to be able to continue providing a small thank you to other organizations that do so much for all of us.
The Hix family came to The Oxford Center after Claudia Hix suffered her second stroke. Claudia’s treatment plan included Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapies. Claudia made amazing progress treating at The Oxford Center. Watch this full testimonial video to hear Claudia’s story and the progress she made.
Play Is Important For Adults Too!
We frequently discuss how important play is to children, but did you know that it is important for adults too? Adults who have forgotten how to play can end up experiencing adult play deprivation. Adult play deprivation can affect the ability to handle stressful situations, stay open-minded, and adapt to change. We see this so much in today’s world. While play can look quite a bit different for adults than it does for children, it is no less beneficial. It can help us in our personal lives, work lives, and general well-being.
According to Dr. Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, adult play can include art, books, movies, music, comedy, and daydreaming. During adult play, we forget about the stress and commitments that may be weighing us down. It is a pleasurable, fun experience that can include an activity or can just be a state of mind. Adult play is anything that we want to do in our free time, the things that make us happiest or calms our minds.
Playing together with our loved ones is one of the best things that we can do to bring feelings of closeness into our relationships. It can help to keep things fresh and exciting. Playing together can create a sense of trust and security. The intimate interactions that happen during play can help to resolve hurt feelings and resentments. We can bring more play into our relationships by doing an activity that we enjoy together, or by simply trying to add a little more humor into our interactions.
Play in the workplace can sometimes be frowned upon today, but it could be a key to our workplace success. Children learn many of the basics about teamwork and social interaction during play. The same thing holds true for adults. A workplace that encourages fun and playfulness will foster employees that are more imaginative, better problem solvers, and more empathetic toward each other. Coworkers who enjoy spending time together will also be more likely to work together as a successful team.
Play can also be good for our mental health. When we participate in play, our bodies produce “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins can help reduce stress and depression. Challenging our brains through play by playing board games or working on a puzzle can help to improve our cognitive function and memory. Playing can even help us to learn new skills. Learning has been proven to be easier when it is fun.
For some of us, it has been so long since we have done anything that felt like play that it can be hard to remember what that looks like for us. It can be helpful to remember that play will look different for everyone. We can think of the last time we felt genuinely happy or at peace. What were we doing when we felt that way? If we can identify some of those activities that have made us happy in the past, we can work toward making them part of our life again.
Play is so important, no matter our age. Incorporating play into our lives is an easy and fun way to better our personal relationships, our workplace success, and our mental health. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
– Alicia Hisey, DPT