Steps to Creating Healthy Self Talk and Self Image

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Self talk forms our thoughts and actions from a sub-conscious level. We don't need to be a slave to our past. We can change these internal messages to bring abundance and prosperity into our lives. Learn 5 easy steps to a new life outlook.


Words are powerful tools. They are used to describe ideas, feelings, and self image. It's easy to fall into a space where our perception of self causes doubt in our lives. It comes from internal conversations we have with ourselves. It is the small quiet voice that keeps repeating messages conveying negative self.

Our spoken words define us to the world. The outside world views us through our words, actions, and appearance. Our personal story is only known to ourselves. We may share it with others, but they view it through their own personal world-view filters. There may be some empathy, yet only you know the impact it continually gives to your life path.

Our lifestyle reflects our self talk and self image. It’s not something we can hide. It seeps out into every aspect of our lives, without conscious effort. Our personal struggles show in everything we do.

There are several tell-tale signs we are struggling with our self talk, and solutions to help us rise above the past. It's easy to compare ourselves with others. It's easy to think we will never achieve _________. The blank can be filled with our hopes, dreams, or goals in life. The main pit fall comes from our past, and the current people that surround us.

The question becomes, what do we believe about ourselves? Our subconscious is a powerful force that influences the direction of our lives. Self talk emanates from the subconscious. We store all our unresolved issues at this level, often not knowing what they are.

A spiritual journey is finding the courage to look at the darkest recesses in our minds, confronting these issues, and finding inner peace with ourselves. Self acceptance is the beginning step to achieving a healthy self image, along with positive self talk.

The following steps are a tool to help in the transformation process to healthier Self Talk & Self Image. . .

1. Listen to Your Words What words do you regularly use? Are they positive or negative or angry or happy? These words define how we communicate with ourselves and others. Our “choice of words” reflect our feels, emotional development, and insecurities.

2. Listen to Your Feelings After speaking or experiencing an event, how did it make you feel? As human beings, we are emotional beings. Often, we try to turn off our emotions. These unspoken emotions need to go somewhere, so they manifest themselves as extra weight, cluttered homes, or illness.

3. Keep a Journal A journal helps clarify what we are thinking and feeling. It is a private space that allows us to express our deepest fears or happiness. This is a tool that is beneficial through the freedom of expressing one’s self.

4. Exercise Exercise helps burn off extra energy, clarify thoughts, and improve mental focus. It’s also a useful tool to lose extra weight. Exercise is merely taking time to physically move the body in a way that increases heart rate or strengthens muscles.

5. Forgive Yourself and Others Forgiveness allows us to move on with our lives. We forgive for ourselves, not for the other person. Without forgiving, the other person’s transgressions continue to control our thoughts and actions until the day we choose to forgive.

Bio -

Karen Ulvestad is a Reiki Master/Teacher, intuitive, writer and Aroma Therapy student. She has been on this path for most of her life. Through the process of learning, she has come to the conclusion that all things are related. She strives to come from a place of balance, peace and calmness.

Her book "Whisperings of the Spirit" is available at

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Comment by Regina Chouza on September 11, 2017 at 9:50pm

Hi Karen, Thank you so much, it is great.

I will pass it onto the publishers for review. Just to give you a bit of clarity on the process, articles usually go live within two months time. The vast majority of articles that are forwarded to the publishers for review are selected for publication. At the moment we the system is not set up to notify authors when a piece has been published in the magazine, and most of our contributors check the website themselves on Sundays to see when they have gone live. 

Kind regards,


Comment by Karen Ulvestad on September 11, 2017 at 8:22pm

Is this correct now? Thanks & have a great evening. . .Karen

Comment by Karen Ulvestad on September 11, 2017 at 8:09pm

The paragraph "Self talk forms our. . ." is my abstract.

I could put my bio at the end of the article. Does this work for you?

Comment by Regina Chouza on September 11, 2017 at 3:35pm

ps ... Is the following paragraph your Abstract?  

Self talk forms our thoughts and actions from a sub-conscious level. We don't need to be a slave to our past. We can change these internal messages to bring abundance and prosperity into our lives. Learn 5 easy steps to a new life outlook.

Comment by Regina Chouza on September 11, 2017 at 3:34pm

Hi Karen,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you. Please include the BIO and Abstract on this same page, if you can. We ask for them to be on each submission to be sure we have the latest version, and to make the editors jobs a little bit easier so that all of the material is on the same page. 

With that done, I will send it to the publishers for review. 



Comment by Karen Ulvestad on September 11, 2017 at 12:49pm

All updated Regina. I updated my bio, and added the Abstract.

Please let me know when you publish this piece. Karen

Comment by Karen Ulvestad on September 5, 2017 at 11:13am

Hi Regina,

Since this is my first article, I'm not sure where to add the Abstract. Does it go at the beginning of the article? Also, I cannot find where to put my full Bio. I do have the brief bio up, and it show on my account (from my view). 

Thank you & excited to be published. . .Karen

Comment by Regina Chouza on September 4, 2017 at 4:16pm

Hi Karen 

Thanks for updating this piece, the paragraph breaks are all in place and it makes it much easier to follow the article. I am only missing your Author Bio and Abstract .... 

Please send me a message when it is done =) 

Thank you!


Comment by Regina Chouza on August 30, 2017 at 7:50pm

ps ... please send me a message when it is done so that I will know to look =) 

Comment by Regina Chouza on August 30, 2017 at 7:50pm

Hi Karen,

Thanks for this! My name is Regina, I'm one of the editors at OM Times.

I'm not sure what happened with this piece but the formatting and paragraph breaks appear to have disappeared. Would you mind correcting that and also adding an author bio and abstract, as per our submission guidelines? 

Here is a summary of the guidelines (its just the bio and abstract that are missing): 

- Original Content: It hasn't been posted in other magazines or in blogs.  We do not publish channeled materials, our writers present their own ideas! Please begin with a 80 word ABSTRACT that summarizes the themes covered (a teaser of sorts). 

- Tone of Voice: Professional tone of voice, using "we" rather than "I" to make the articles inclusive, and to avoid sounding like a blog post. Please avoid 2nd person as well, to keep from sounding preachy (as in, "you might be doing this wrong...) 

- Promotion & Self-Promotion: Include an Author Bio with links to your profile and any promotional material (up to 60 words). Self-promotion is only permitted here - if links are embedded or included in the body of the article, they will be deleted.

- Title:   Reflective of the general theme (up to 60 characters) 

- Length:  500 - 800 words 

Please let me know if you have any questions,  



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