Kat Kunde | Stress Management

Happy Friday friends!! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! I am so happy to have Kat back on the blog today!! She is sharing about relevant and practical stress management tips that are easily applicable to our everyday lives! I am working on each and every one of these myself! Read more below 🙂

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I love getting to be a little part of Ruthie’s fabulous world here on her blog. She always shows up in my “world” (the gym) in her cute, planned-out workout outfits while I’m all covered in sweat, peanut butter and jelly stains (from my kid’s hands), and a pineapple-kind-of-a-top-knot hair situation on most days. Getting to dress up nice and be a part of these photos with her has been a treat for me.

I’m very thankful to get to share a little bit of my health journey with you all right now. This week, I’d like to share how I manage stress in my life. It’s one of those inevitable things we all learn to deal with in life, and is a true enemy of health and fitness.
stress-management- Ruthie Ridley Blog

—– 4 ways to manage stress—–

Rest – Even when there’s still laundry that needs to be done and a pile of dishes calling your name, rest is especially important when we are trying to cope with a stressful day, week, or season. In both greatly overwhelming moments of stress and small moments of annoyance, I give myself time-outs by laying down on my (unmade) bed, closing my eyes, and shutting my brain off. I take brief vacations from my problems like these in order to let my thoughts cool off and reset. Even just a couple of minutes of shut eye typically makes a great impact on my current state.

stress-management- Ruthie

Prioritize sleepI’ve learned there is nothing more essential than a good night’s sleep. Not only is adequate sleep a key part to physical recovery, it is actually the only time our brain has a chance to get rid of waste (negative emotions and stress build up). I happily hit the sack earlier than most people to give myself plenty of time to sleep and recharge. For me, that is 8-9 hours every single night.

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Exercise upon rise – After a full night of rest, it’s time to shake that body and break a sweat! In order to utilize that fresh morning energy, after a light breakfast and a cup of coffee it’s straight to the gym for me and my family. Daily routine works the best for us, so we try and keep this schedule 7 days a week. When you exercise in the morning, EPOC sets in (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) which boosts our metabolism and burns more fat throughout the rest of the day. Win!

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Practice thankfulness – When thankfulness combats stress, it’s like when light hits darkness. I can’t be negative when I choose to be thankful for my blessings and all the things that are going right in my life. Peace is the opposite of stress, and thankfulness is the support system on which my inner peace can be fed.  

I hope my pointers are helpful. Remember, we’re all in this together as sisters, moms and friends. Let’s support one another, be beacons of hope to each other, and continue to pursue this healthy lifestyle journey together!


Kat xo

  • Comments ( 34 )

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    Your leggings are SO cute!! Love the color. Have a fabulous weekend!!

    xO – Steph


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    The Golden Girl Diary

    I’m all about this post! You are literally amazing. Can I just say, I am OBSESSED with your workout outfits?! AND the lighting in the photos [insert praise hand emoji]


    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

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    Ok, first I need those leggings immediately. Second–this is so great! Prioritizing sleep is SO important. If I don’t get a solid night’s sleep, I’m worthless in every aspect of my day. Thanks for sharing, babes!


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    Such a great post! I needed this today and am about to get my booty to pilates. I LOVE this!! xo

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    Nicole Leffew

    Love love love this post! Also my mom and I are working together right now and we just stalked your Instagram. I told her you have the most beautiful family and cutest kids ever. She agrees!! Have a great weekend Ruthie! Xoxo

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    Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq)

    These are all such great tips! And I am obsessed with those leggings!
    xo Jessica

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    Nataly Schma

    Awesome tips and you all look so cute in those leggings!


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    This post is so fun it makes me want to move right next door to you so we can be besties!!!

    Jenna from http://www.visionsofvogue.com

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    The Style Lynn Life

    Love this post! A post that every girl boss needs to read and these pictures, hello! AMAZING!!!
    xo Roselyn

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    Such GREAT tips. I agree with a good night’s rest, but it’s so hard to turn it all off early in the evening. I also like to work out in the AM. I do it almost every morning after I drop the kids off at school!! And, my favorite is Practice Thankfulness…there is always a light and a silver lining!! Just have to look harder sometimes. Have a great weekend Ruthie!!


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    Anna Cobbs

    These leggings are so cute! I’m a firm believer that cute workout clothes is great motivation to actually work out!

    xx – anna

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    Lawren Bagley

    Such great tips to relieve stress, & love your leggings!


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    Mariam (The Petite Bijou)

    Such great tips! I love catching up on sleep! Some people don’t get enough, especially when they are over stressed!

    xo Mariam | http://www.thepetitebiou.com

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    Jaime Cittadino

    Oh I love this post!! The two of you are so adorable in your matching leggings! I want a pair!!!

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    Thank you! I am stressed to the max today. I am going to leave work and rest, rest, rest! I love the quality of the images and images (btw). 🙂 Thank you for sharing! xo

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    Heather with WELLFITandFED

    Total fun. I have tried to do yoga on the beach before and ended up kicking sand in my own face several times. Good in theory though!

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    I needed this right now!! So trying to handle my anxiety and stress while dealing with some personal stuff and exercise and rest has been my life saver right now! Love these photos 🙂 XX, Donna

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    Such an inspirational post and those headstands are giving me life! This is just what I needed because sometimes I forget to take a break and it does more harm than good. Thank you so much for this! Xoxo

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    Pretty Weird Bombshell

    These are great tips on how to manage stress. I find them easy to do but often taken for granted like rest and practicing thankfulness. Thanks for this lovely post! xx


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    January Hart

    YESS!! Love this, girly!! Sleep is SOooo key!! I know not everyone has the luxury to be able to do it, but short cat naps help me SO much during the day! Loving those soft colored leggings too!! Fab on you girls!!

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    Exercise is so fun! I couldn’t agree more with your tip 🙂

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

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    Rest is important l heard a quote recently “if you don’t rest you will rest”

    You will be forced to rest somehow and one of those ways is sometimes sickness
    Your bid gives in

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    Kait Elizabeth

    Love this post so much!!! The pics are gorgeous and the advice is so good! Hugs, Kait

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    Katie Bartz

    I am obsesses with your blog! absolutely love this post and those leggings!!!

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    Adorable leggings 🙂 exercise when first waking up is soooo critical to stress relief! I notice a huge difference in my day when I work out in the morning. Now if only I could make a habit of it.. lol

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    A Graceful Life Blog

    Absolutely love this post and these tips! I have been working out in the a.m for a couple weeks now and it truly does make a difference! I just have to work on the rest part 🙂 xo

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    Yalls workout clothes are so cute! Love your tips, I will definitely keep them in mind as we head into the holidays!


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    Such a great post! I love that at the end you say, “I can’t be negative when I choose to be thankful for my blessings and all the things that are going right in my life.” So good and so true! PS- these photos (and both of your outfits) are stinkin adorable!!! SWOON!!



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    Hillary @ Style in a Small Town

    I can always use more ways to manage stress! I love these pictures of you guys too, so cute!


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    Awesome tips and I’m loving y’all leggings – too cute!

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    I love these leggings. The color is perfect!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

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    You two look like you have fun together! Great tips!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

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    I am completely in love with this shoot! The leggings, lighting and location!! Also, great tips from Kat. Always love stopping by your blog, Ruthie <3

    Gunjan | http://www.songbirdechoes.com

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    BION I’m impesesrd! Cool post!

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