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This course has uncovered the nuances associated with stress and its management. Among the many methods that can be applied to decrease the effects of stress on the body, reflective journaling has proven itself influential. Much research has been done which reinforces the notion of reflective journaling’s effectiveness. The Paper Mirror: Understanding Reflective Journaling by Delaura Hubbs and Personal Resilience as a Strategy for Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Workplace Adversity by Debra Jackson are two articles that give insight into the power of this method and the wide range of applicability that it retains. The Paper Mirror covers the topic of emotional/psychological buoyancy in the nursing industry. Persons in this line of work find themselves under a great deal of stress due to the volatility of the job and the long hours. The author delves into a discussion of strategies that can be employed by nurses to increase their levels of personal resilience. It is suggested that the method encourages long term resilience rather than momentary reproduction. ‘The self’ can be cared for by using journaling and post-clinical discussions for growth. This can be helpful, as many nurses report dealing with overwhelming feelings of oppression and hurt (Jackson, 2007).The Paper Mirror: Understanding Reflective Journaling assesses the inherent value of reflective journaling itself. It is a mirror of the person’s psyche, making it possible for them to derive meaning from their feelings and thoughts. Theories assert that the most potent means for encouraging learning involves the subject in a personal way. Reflective journaling stimulates the subject to take their stress management into their own hands with independent, self-directed introspection. Different types of reflective journaling styles have been utilized in institutions and educational facilities (i.e. dialogue, class interactive, personal, etc.). This approach to stress management offers a great deal of promise as it bridges the gap between the inner and outer worlds. The intent is to aid the writer in the process of handling their emotions in a way that is coherent and beneficial. Both of these articles relate to the stress reduction methods and the experience of stress that were referenced during the course progression. Reflective journaling promotes organization, self awarenesses, and motivation (Hubs, 2005).References:Hubbs, D. L. (2005). The Paper Mirror: Understanding Reflective Journaling. Journal of Experiential Education,28(1), 60-71. doi:10.1177/105382590502800107Jackson, D. (2007). Personal resilience as a strategy for surviving and thriving in the face of workplace adversity: a literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(1), 1-9. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04412.x