For the month of March, we’ve been focusing in on personal health and wellness. This week, we’re going to discuss one of the most underrated components of maintaining our personal health and wellness: asking questions. In today’s episode, we’ll be asking the question: Can you tell me what that means?
A really big component of maintaining our physical and mental health is asking questions. From medical professionals to salon technicians to nutritionists, each field has their own jargon--that is, specialized language that is used to discuss concepts within the field. I work in the performing arts and education, and talk about academic standards and rosin--and many people don’t really know what those things are. So why would we know what acetaminophen is if we don’t take the time to ask the question? By learning to ask, “Can you tell me what that means?” we can do everything from digging deeper on medical diagnosis to avoiding a haircut that’s not what we wanted.
For example, a few years ago I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Even though I’m more familiar with type 1 and type 2 diabetes than many because of my family medical history, I wasn’t really sure what it meant to be diagnosed as pre-diabetic. By asking “Can you tell me what that means?” instead of just checking the boxes that I was handed to resolve this diagnosis, I learned about my A1C count being just barely above the desirable realm. This deeper understanding reframed my diagnosis into something that I could easily manage with the right support, and led me to working with a dietician to increase the fat in my diet to ensure that I had fat in my system to transport the sugars to the cells they needed to get to. A few months later, my A1C count was exactly where it needed to be. I would have been overwhelmed if I hadn’t asked that clarifying question and gotten a deeper understanding, which is a really normal feeling.
So what do you not understand about an area of your health and wellness you’re trying to improve? Do you have a professional or a reputable website you can ask this question of? Let me know what you learn from asking “Can you tell me what this means?” on Instagram @nowthatimnotyourteacher or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All right. One more time, repeat after me, like, actually say it out loud: “Can you tell me what this means?”
Perfect. I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for our next question.
Now That I'm Not Your Teacher by Taylor Vogel is a podcast that offers insight about the real world stuff that teachers often want to say, but either don't have time to or really shouldn't.
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