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Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts your week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

Another month, another fresh start. With it being the beginning of August, it’s a great time to think about your intentions for your body image and how you care for yourself.

For instance, maybe the way you exercise right now feels like a chore or even a punishment, and you’d like to change that.

Maybe you’d like to appreciate your body more.

Maybe you’d like to spend more time with your friends or spend more time enjoying your own company.

Maybe you’d like to feel more secure with yourself.

Or savor your meals instead of eating on the go. Or become more in tune with your body.

Write down your intentions. Kind, supportive intentions that contribute to your positive body image and help you practice self-care.

Pick one or two. Then consider how you can take action.

If you’d like to stop exercising in ways that feel punitive or just aren’t fun, experiment. Remember that movement is meant to be joyful. Read this list, and pick activities to try.

If you’d like to appreciate your body, start small. Pick a part each day you’re thankful for. Email a sentence or two to your gratitude buddy.

If you’d like to spend more time with your friends, plan a lunch date, host a meaningful dinner party or schedule a Skype date.

(A close friend and I are planning a Skype date to cook together. She’s teaching me a delicious recipe. Thanks to Skype, it’s like we’re cooking in the same kitchen. And she can guide me through every step.)

If you’d like to spend more alone time, carve out 10 to 20 minutes for enjoyable activities, such as cooking, reading, writing or playing a musical instrument.

As Mara told me in this article on savoring solitude: “There are 168 hours in the week, aren’t you worth at least 2.5 of them?”

If you’d like to feel more secure about the person you are, maybe you can accept a small part of yourself today.

If you’d like to savor your meals, try to TASTE your food, at least once a day.

If you’d like to reconnect to your body, practice a body scan every day, or set an alarm to ding every hour and simply ask, “What is my body feeling right now?”

Pick one or two intentions you’d like to work on. Then consider how you can make them come true.

What are your intentions this month? How will you take action?