3 Tips to Break a Bad Habit for Good & 1 I just broke

Spilling about a recent bad habit I’ve kicked and how it has me starting the day off in a good mood. Plus three tips on how to break a bad habit for GOOD

Kicking a Bad Habit and Starting the Day Off in a Good Mood | Terra-cotta Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit for Fall | Louella Reese

anthropologie Billie Ribbed Cupro Jumpsuit | c/o kelly wynne Clear Convertible Crossbody & Belt Bag | c/o everlane Leather Crossover Sandal | c/o lisi lerch tiger eye hoop earrings  | david yurman cable cuff | david yurman cable ring

Yesterday on Instagram I shared a recent bad habit I’ve broken and how it’s changed my mornings for me. After spilling, it seems a lot of you have the same bad habit you would like to break. Or something very similar. So I figured, why not chat about it here and share three tips for breaking a bad habit for GOOD

If you missed the post last night, let me fill you in. Last week I vowed to kick a bad habit and so far I’m six days free of it. What was it? Picking up my phone the second I woke up to check social media, email, and my to do list for the day. Meaning I immediately started working and stressing the minute I woke up. So I made a new rule: NO PHONE FOR THE FIRST HOUR OF MY DAY.

Y’all it has been quite glorious. My mornings start slower, I enjoy and get more out of my devotional time while feeling relaxed with full attention on the reading, and I get the little tidying up around the house done before I dive into work. Which ends up making a lot more productive throughout the day. So overall it has been pretty great! A habit I’m so glad I committed to breaking.

Is it a habit you would like to break as well?

Then let’s chat about three ways to break a habit for GOOD! 

Kicking a Bad Habit and Starting the Day Off in a Good Mood | Terra-cotta Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit for Fall, Clear Belt Bag | Louella Reese
Kicking a Bad Habit and Starting the Day Off in a Good Mood | Terra-cotta Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit for Fall, Clear Belt Bag | Louella Reese
Kicking a Bad Habit and Starting the Day Off in a Good Mood | Terra-cotta Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit for Fall, Clear Belt Bag | Louella Reese

Three Tips for Breaking a Habit for Good

 

  1. Make it a goal to quit, plan out when you will start your efforts towards breaking the bad habit and set an official start date (maybe even tomorrow).  Write down the bad habit you want to kick and the date you want to start doing. This makes it more real, more of a priority, and a little more of a commitment to REALLY making it happen.
  2. Replace your bad habit with something else. It’s hard to not reach for the phone if I don’t have something else planned. Therefore, I have filled my morning time (that first hour) with things – a morning devotional, tidying up around the house, and making my morning tea. All of this fills that time I would have spent scrolling, checking emails, and working on my to do list. 
  3. Make it easy on yourself. By that I mean, remove as many triggers as you can. Things that would lead you towards that bad habit. Example: my phone typically stays on the edge of the nightstand closest to me. That way I can grab it if I can’t sleep (dumb) or right away in the morning. However, I’ve now moved it to the other side of my nightstand so I cannot reach it without getting up. This prevents me from reaching right over to grab it the second I wake up and staying all warm and cozy in bed. Now I reach for my devotional book instead which is now the closest thing to me.
Kicking a Bad Habit and Starting the Day Off in a Good Mood | Terra-cotta Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit for Fall, Clear Belt Bag | Louella Reese
Kicking a Bad Habit and Starting the Day Off in a Good Mood | Terra-cotta Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit for Fall | Louella Reese

anthropologie Billie Ribbed Cupro Jumpsuit | c/o kelly wynne Clear Convertible Crossbody & Belt Bag | c/o everlane Leather Crossover Sandal | c/o lisi lerch tiger eye hoop earrings  | david yurman cable cuff | david yurman cable ring

So now that we’ve chatted about that, let’s talk about today’s look. One of my favorite looks this summer, now that summer is almost over haha. However, this jumpsuit is perfect for taking you from end of summer into early fall. The color screams fall while the fit screams summer…told you, perfect! Today I’ve styled the piece for summer with a clear belt bag (my new obsession) and easy leather sandals. 

For fall, I plan to style it with a denim jacket and sneakers. Then dress it up a bit with a cashmere sweater and chic pointy toe flats. A super versatile piece for under $100. Which also comes in black if terra-cotta ain’t your thang! But y’all I promise you it’s the prettiest color! Even prettier in person than online. 

What habit are you going to break? Comment below and let’s be accountability partners!

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22 Comments

  1. Morgan wrote:

    How cute are you in this jumpsuit?! Also – so proud of you for kicking that habit .. it’s never good to start the day on social media .. makes for anxiety the rest of the day!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 9.10.19 Reply
    • Aw thank you lady! Truly obsessed with it. And thank you 🙂 appreciate that lots. Definitely agree with you!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.10.19 Reply
  2. Rachel wrote:

    Love this jumpsuit and your tips! I have been trying to use my phone less in the mornings and at night, and am instead reading or doing a task around the house that I’ve had on my to-do list for a while!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    Posted 9.10.19 Reply
    • Thank you girl friend! YES! Trying to get back to reading in the evenings as well and ditch the phone.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  3. Love your outfit … Super cute.

    Have you read the book Atomic Habits? It has some really good tips to make life long change. Good job on breaking your bad habit.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    Posted 9.10.19 Reply
    • Thank you Tanvi! I have not – sounds super interesting. Will have to check it out. Thank you!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  4. Amanda wrote:

    Good for you on breaking the habit! These tips are super helpful, especially about making a clear goal and writing it down– I always think writing my goals down helps me achieve them.

    PS- LOVING the color of this jumpsuit, it’s so pretty!

    Posted 9.10.19 Reply
    • Thank you Amanda! It has been so nice and incredibly freeing! Yes – with you on that. Writing them down makes them more legit, more real.

      Thanks love – totally different for me but I am all about it!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  5. Ashley Hargrove wrote:

    I started doing the same exact thing! My phone and social media can WAIT! I love feeling relaxed and free each and every morning. Seems like I can start my day with a clear mind better than before.

    Posted 9.10.19 Reply
  6. Amanda wrote:

    oh man I should seriously try that! I totally notice a mood change when I take a social media break.

    Posted 9.10.19 Reply
  7. These are great tips to form good habits! I remember becoming a morning person was so hard in the beginning but now I couldn’t imagine not getting up early every morning! xoxo sarah

    Posted 9.10.19 Reply
  8. Not using my phone for the first hour of the day is a huge goal of mine right now. I don’t reach for my devotional as much as possible but I try to sleep with my phone on the other side of the room.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Yayyy! I hope you’re able to make that goal happen and break the habit! You got this girl 🙂

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  9. Lydia wrote:

    I’m definitely guilty of waking up early just to stay in bed and look at my phone. I think spending the first hour of the day phone free is a great idea!
    Chic on the Cheap

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • YES! That is exactly what I was doing. Finally said ENOUGH! And thanks gal – it really has been a game changer.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  10. Em wrote:

    I totally need to stop this habit too! Love the ways you plan to do it!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  11. Laura S wrote:

    These are great tips! Breaking a bad habit can be so hard!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Thank you Laura! Definitely agree with you – you have to be ready and totally committed to make it happen!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply