Personal Zen

1.7
52 reviews
10K+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Reduce anxiety and build stress resilience with Personal Zen. Backed by a decade of NIH-supported clinical research, this mobile game rewires subconscious habits of thinking to reduce stress and anxiety.* It just takes a few minutes a day, 4 days a week! Based on your current stress levels, a daily goal of gameplay is recommended (typically between 6-10 minutes). Then, you can choose from a number of different game regions and start playing to meet your daily goal. It’s that simple!
In addition to gameplay, you can also access brief, science-backed tools to support your mental health journey including:
-Journaling & mood tracking to help identify feelings and triggers
-Breathing exercises to calm anxiety and improve sleep
-Mindfulness practices to regulate emotions and reduce stress

*Safety and efficacy claims have not been evaluated by the FDA. Personal Zen is available via the Enforcement Discretion Policy introduced by the FDA in April 2020, allowing computerized behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders to be commercially distributed without a 510(k) premarket notification and a prescription.


HOW DO I USE PERSONAL ZEN?
Start by completing a daily check-in and tune into your stress and mood. The check-in helps determine your personalized goal for game play. To use Personal Zen, look for the sparkle to follow the friendly sprite (the smiling face) after it disappears. Don't try to capture the friendly sprite. Simply tap on the sparkle quickly, then smoothly trace the path left in its wake. A “medallion” will appear, telling you where to focus your attention next. Don’t let the angry sprite divert your focus from finding the sparkle. It’s natural to sometimes trace the path a couple of times to achieve accuracy. Play until reaching your goal for the day.

Do a mood check-in or visit the Positive Practices area to take a few minutes to review tips and tools for reducing stress and anxiety from Dr. Tracy, creator of Personal Zen. Personal Zen offers science-based tools, like breathing exercises, musical therapy, and journaling, among other tips that help better manage stress and anxiety.

HOW DOES PERSONAL ZEN WORK?
During gameplay, angry and happy sprites briefly appear then disappear. You are then prompted to trace the trail left by the happy sprite. During gameplay, you might notice that your attention draws to the angry sprite instead of the happy sprite. This is called ‘threat bias’ - a subconscious habit of attention that drives you to focus on negative information at the expense of the positive. Threat bias acts like an information filter that distorts your ability to cope with anxiety, sparking vicious cycles of distress and worry. By playing the game, we change this habit and shift your threat bias to focus more on the positive, rather than the negative. Personal Zen helps to short-circuit these negative habits of attention and allows the user to develop a more flexible and positive focus.

Brief training with Personal Zen can even reduce your body’s stress response! Our studies show that using the app 6-10 minutes a day, 4 days a week reduces levels of stress hormones known as cortisol, and reduces anxiety.

Improve your stress resilience and reduce anxiety today - try the app free for 30 days!

HERE’S WHAT EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF PSYCHOLOGY HAD TO SAY ABOUT PERSONAL ZEN:

“Personal Zen brings cutting-edge research and well-established strategies for reducing anxiety and stress into the palm of your hand.”
Dr. Shannon M. Bennett, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College


“Instantly engaging for adults and kids, Personal Zen is a rare example of science turned into fun in order to reduce stress and anxiety.”
Dr. Tony Simon, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis


We respect your privacy. Read our privacy policy and terms of use here:
https://personalzen.com/legal/
Updated on
Sep 7, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Personal info, Health and fitness and 3 others
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Health and fitness and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
1.7
52 reviews
B J
October 30, 2021
Honestly app has done nothing but cause more anxiety. It says free but to open it you have to agree to a paid subscription at the end of the month. It says you can cancel before that, but there is not place to cancel within the app. The app store only let's you cancel after the first bill date. Fee is small, but will for sure be fighting this one, they shouldn't be allowed to do this. Also, the "game" is NOT stress relieving. It's boring, just tracing a short line.
16 people found this review helpful
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Personal Zen Ventures, LLC.
November 5, 2021
Sorry you're frustrated. Personal Zen trains you to focus on the positive, which requires you spend a few minutes a day tracing behind the happy face. A future release will make the tracing more pleasing. PZ's subscription is managed through Google, and you may cancel by tapping your profile icon in the Google Play app -> Payments & subscriptions.
C C
August 14, 2022
The app worked fine the first time I used it, but then the second time, it asked me how stressed I was feeling, and no matter what I clicked I couldn't get any further. The bottom of the page looked to be cut off so maybe there is a button there to get to the next page I couldn't see, but there was no way to scroll down. So, completely unusable.
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Personal Zen Ventures, LLC.
August 16, 2022
We're so sorry you're experiencing this issue! You're right, there is a button being cut off and we are working on this issue to ensure it doesn't happen in the future. Thank you for your patience!
Jennie Marshall
August 10, 2022
When I can get in the app I find it calming, however I've only had it for a few days and it has crashed repeatedly getting stuck on a page that asks me how I anxious I am today. To get it to work I have to uninstall and reinstall and there I can't seem to find any help in terms of troubleshooting what is wrong with it.
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Personal Zen Ventures, LLC.
August 11, 2022
We're sorry that you've experienced this problem with Personal Zen. We received your email and will be attempting to troubleshoot this issue with you as soon as possible.

What's new

Thanks for using Personal Zen! This version has UI fixes for smaller screens, crashes