Personal Zen 4+

Play to relieve stress

Personal Zen Ventures, LLC.

    • 4.3 • 423 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Get the most from your 30-day free trial! Play the game for the recommended amount of time a few times a week to reduce anxiety and improve your stress resilience.

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, a few 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

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.

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, a few 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!


“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

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What’s New

Version 3.7

Thanks for using Personal Zen! This update includes minor bug fixes. It also includes a new reminders feature and gameplay updates to make it more fun. To use the new reminders function, go to settings > reminder. Reminders make it much easier to keep on track and meet your goals!

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
423 Ratings

423 Ratings

Lisbetta123 ,


Hello, I saw your app mentioned on a tv show this week. I downloaded your app and tried it and have a few suggestions. The first set of written words at the bottom did not fit the screen so I couldn’t read it all. (I am using an IPad in portrait position).

Thereafter, every text screen that appeared at the bottom never stayed long enough to read the whole message. That, in itself, was frustrating.

After the first set of swiping flowers, the app asked me to register. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about this app to feel comfortable sharing my personal information, so I ended up deleting the app. I’m sorry, because I was looking forward to using this app.

Developer Response ,

We are sorry that you had this experience with Personal Zen. Our team is currently updating the on-boarding experience based on user feedback, including yours, in our new release coming shortly. Once that release is live, it should be much easier to read and understand the goals of the app and how it works. We are thankful to you for reaching out with your feedback and could potentially offer you a code that will give you free access to Personal Zen if you don’t mind providing additional feedback. Alternatively, if you would like to participate in our virtual trials, feel free to email

you crossed the line ,

Too many Tech flaws

Too many tech flaws. I have had this app for almost a week and still cannot successfully register because it always throws me to something else. The problem is with the lines overlapping. The font doesn’t fit the frame. I love the little game but our tax money shouldn’t be supporting funding of a project that may work beautifully if you could only get the tech right. You must start with the tech right or you’re wsending in a person already frustrated and that throws research. When you are conducting and touting research, you must provide an unbiased and workable environment. Like so many apps I see in this space, you have deeply flawed user tools. The difference is you are being funded by the NIH. In other words, me. Please fix the app or refund the NIH, in other words, me, the taxpayer. I hope to see you fix it. I know this stuff works. People need it. But yours won’t work so that it can work. If we can land a drone in an exact spot on Mars, surely we can fix simple user tools on an app. It’s not that hard. Thank you.

Developer Response ,

Sorry to hear that you’re having this issue! To clarify, while the underlying scientific research was, in fact, NIH-funded, Personal Zen is not funded by the NIH. We do make fairly regular updates to fix bugs. It's possible that an update we plan to make soon might help you with the problem you describe, or you might help us uncover an issue we haven't seen before in our testing process. We have reached out to you via email to help troubleshoot, so please look for a response from

stressedmess123 ,

My Everyday Tool!

At first I was thought the app was too simple and couldn’t possible have the promised effect but upon repeated use I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed how the app was reducing my stress levels without even noticing!
I have always been bad at managing my stress levels and friends have tried to suggest different apps and tool, all of which I have found too complex and time consuming. However, with Personal Zen it is simple, quick and very effective in reducing my stress levels in a short period of time! I now use the app at any necessary point whether it be before a meeting, on the train or whenever I feel most stressed!

App Privacy

The developer, Personal Zen Ventures, LLC., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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