Built by a team of leading scientists and mobile developers and backed by clinical research, playing Personal Zen retrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety. In fact, clinical studies show that Personal Zen can decrease stress and anxiety when used for only a few minutes a day, a few days a week. Meant to be used during breaks in your day or for brief sessions while relaxing at home, Personal Zen is on-the-go, fun, and easily fits into your day. Just like exercising a muscle, stress reduction takes practice, so come back to Personal Zen to build stress resilience or to combat stronger feelings of anxiety.

Personal Zen offers two auto-renewing
subscription options:
$1.99 per Month
$12.99 per Year

Privacy policy and Terms of Use

Subscription automatically renews unless turned off in account settings at-least 24 hours before the current period ends. Payment is charged to your iTunes account.

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.”

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


To lower your overall stress and anxiety our research shows that you should play a few times a week, for around 5-10 minutes at a time. Playing more (up to 40 minutes a week) has been shown to have potent stress- and anxiety-reduction effects, and playing less, even for only a few minutes, can boost your well-being and build resilience. A small time investment can lead to big pay-offs in well-being over time.


Take a break from stress and anxiety with Personal Zen. Use Personal Zen to prevent and lower stress and anxiety or use it when you're in the midst of a stressful situation. Explore Personal Zen and train your attention towards a more positive focus all the while experiencing the calming effect of traveling through this peaceful world.


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 the sparkle quickly, then smoothly trace the path left in its wake. A jewel 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. The healing mechanics of Personal Zen will work no matter how fast you trace.


Decades of research shows that when we become anxious or stressed, we tend to focus too much attention towards the negatives and have less ability to see the positives in life. This habit of attention reduces our ability to cope effectively with stress and can create a vicious cycle of fear and worry.

Luckily habits can be broken and new habits learned! Personal Zen helps to short-circuit these negative habits of attention and allows the user to develop a more flexible and positive focus. By using Personal Zen just a few minutes a day, a few days a week, you can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, strengthen well-being, and build resilience against the curve balls life sometimes throws.

You can reduce your stress and anxiety in as little as one sitting, and the more you play, the more you strengthen well-being and vaccinate yourself against the negative effects of stress.

What’s New

Version 2.0.7

This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Rkrnfan ,

Don’t update

With no warning the app went to a subscription model after being free. I get it, but with no heads up it’s really kind of jarring to not be able to anything with the app anymore.

I liked the app before the update, and felt like it helped. I’m sure it’s even better now but I don’t feel like doing the trial after no warning about the update.

Developer Response ,

We're glad to hear the application was helping you and we truly apologize for not giving a heads up on the new version. We couldn’t notify all our current Personal Zen users when we updated the app, and we can’t maintain the old version going forward. . To help transition prior users, we set up a 14-day free trial prior to the start of the subscription and a low introductory pricing. This allows us to avoid distracting ads while funding the ongoing development, evidence base, and growth of the app. We appreciate the feedback and will do our best to explain the subscription fees more clearly. We hope you give us another try and wish you the best!

- The Personal Zen Team

Wrpamd ,


I’m not sure this app could be any more jacked up. From the opening screen being almost impossible to navigate to get any type of a subscription, much less getting the free one they make so prominent in their offerings. To the fact that the games are puerile (and very non-relaxing!) and the tracking process complicated. To the flippant responses of poor reviews by the management that if you read them, mislead you on what you could expect from the product. To the utter frustration in trying to reach their feedback desk. The last point is probably the biggest joke, because under settings they actually have a “Feedback” button that generates an email and once you send that email you get a message back saying it’s undeliverable! I’ve only had it a couple days and I’m trying to stop the obligatory subscription they sign you up for, I’ll probably end up paying for months on months before they cancel my subscription! Stay tuned!

Developer Response ,

We value transparency - here is a link from Apple on how to unsubscribe : If you need any further assistance, feel free to reach out to us at

DoNotTrackMe ,

Misleading Information

The App Store information is misleading. When you download the app it appears free but with in-app purchases. However, when you open the app for the first time it immediately opens to a poorly designed page with no option to continue without signing up for a subscription plan. The plans come with a free 14-Day trial but there is no option to try the app before subscribing. Who wants to go through the trouble of signing up for something and then having to cancel a subscription if you don’t like it? Not me, for sure. The trial period should be automatic as you create an account, linked to your email, and then after fourteen days should prompt you to subscribe or delete. I don’t mind paying for something I enjoy but I don’t want to be locked into a subscription if I forget to cancel before I’ve even had a chance to try it out.

Developer Response ,

We’re sorry you didn’t get a chance to try our app. We considered other subscription models and decided that the 14-day free trial subscription model, similar to that of many apps on the App Store, was the most streamlined. But we agree that it can be tricky for many of us to remember to cancel subscriptions we don’t want to continue. We hope you’ll give us another try and find that you want to keep using and benefiting from Personal Zen!

- The Personal Zen Team


Personal Zen Ventures, LLC.
79.1 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Personal Zen $1.99
  2. Personal Zen $12.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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