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How Do I Use Personal Zen?

The key to Personal Zen is to let the sprites come and go, and instead, focus on smoothly tracing the path of the friendly sprite once it burrows out of sight. ​The “umph” sound occurs when you tap the sprite instead of the path.

Trace the path by touching every tuft of the grassy path from beginning to end. At this point, the practice of tracing the path left behind by the friendly sprite stays the same throughout the game. This practice trains your attention to focus more on the positive.

How Does Personal Zen Work?

Use Personal Zen according to how stressed you feel. If you’re feeling mildly stressed, use Personal Zen for approximately 5 minutes a day, 2 or 3 days a week. If you’re feeling moderately stressed, you could use Personal Zen for longer. Just remember to take a break between sessions to enhance the effects of the app.

You can also set your weekly goals in Settings, based on your stress levels, and track your progress in My Activity.
When we get anxious or stressed, we pay too much attention to the negatives and have less ability to see the positives in life. Studies show that Personal Zen helps to short-circuit these habits and frees you up to develop a more flexible and positive focus. 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 Do The Different Colored Jewels Mean?

After you swipe, the purple and gold jewels show you where to focus your attention before the next sprites appear. Purple jewels appear when you correctly trace the path. Gold jewels appear once you are highly accurate and fast. The jewels don’t affect the app’s ability to reduce your stress so don’t worry if you don’t get gold. Personal Zen is meant to reduce stress, not cause it!

How often should I use Personal Zen?

Use Personal Zen according to how stressed you feel. If you’re feeling mildly stressed, use Personal Zen for approximately 5 minutes a day, 2 or 3 days a week. If you’re feeling moderately stressed, you could use Personal Zen for longer. Just remember to take a break between sessions to enhance the effects of the app.

You can also set your weekly goals in Settings, based on your stress levels, and track your progress in My Activity.

How do I control the music and sounds?

The music and sounds can be controlled from the main menu, which is accessible from the top left of the screen. Please note that you must have the volume and sound on your iPhone turned on to be able to hear Personal Zen’s music and sound.

When will the new version of Personal Zen be available, and will it be available for Android?

We are currently planning a major update to the app to enhance the user experience, including the release on Android, which will be available late 2017.

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