A beginners guide to mindful journaling

Want to get more creative AND practise mindfulness at the same time? We've been talking to WEA creative writing tutor Harula Ladd for easy ways to start mindfully journal.

From writing rituals to creative prompts; WEA tutor and poet Harula Ladd is providing you a 5 step beginners guide to mindful journaling.


1. Little and often

Carve out a time and space in your day to write in your journal regularly. Turn it into a habit, and perhaps create some ritual around it. Turn off your phone, make a cup of tea and light a candle. Now write.

2. Bring your questions

If you don’t know what to write about, try asking yourself questions. What went well today? What 3 words would sum up my day? What am I worrying about that I’d like to get out of my head and park, so I can sleep?

3. Use colour

You don’t need to be an artist to add beauty and creativity to your journal, just bring some colour into it! Use bright colour pens, highlight keywords or phrases, doodle with coloured pencils. Anything goes!

4. There are no mistakes

This is for you! There is no wrong way to journal. Find the way that works for you, but allow yourself the full freedom to make it messy, non-linear, bold!

5. End with gratitude

Whatever kind of day you’ve had, consider finishing your journal entry with 1 thing you’re grateful for. It could be something very simple like having a roof over your head or a cat on your lap or a message from a friend who just wanted to check-in. It doesn’t have to be huge or dramatic (although of course it can be); just an acknowledgement of something that went right.


Harula Ladd is teaching two courses on creative writing for wellbeing (C3533489) on Tuesdays from 05/04/22 - 10/05/55 and also on Wednesday from 06/04/22 - 11/05/22. For more creative writing classes, check out our courses here.