8 Effective anti anxiety apps for kids who worry too much

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Anxiety in kids is a very real thing and is becoming more common.

Anxiety will reveal itself as a simple worry or a fear, but if they are unable shake it off you may see signs of anxiety develop. These include headaches, bad moods, stomach cramps and trouble sleeping. Learning to spot the signs of anxiety is really important.

If your child seems anxious, try to communicate with them to find out the root cause of the problem. However, sometimes they are unable to explain it. We can all feel anxious and not really know why.

For this reason, using an app to calm the mind and lesson anxious thoughts can be a godsend.

And the best bit is that these apps are proven in some cases to not only decrease anxiety but to increase academic success, lower rates of depression and even improve physical health.

Here is our list of eight effective anti anxiety apps for kids who worry too much.

ANTI ANXIETY APPS FOR KIDS ONLY

Dreamy Kid

First on our list of anti anxiety apps for kids: Dreamy Kid is a free to try meditation app that is packed with tools to help kids cope with anxiety. It has different meditations designed around issues (ADHD/ADD, bedwetting, over-eating) and time of day (calming, sleep, etc.) plus activities like streching and breathing to help kids wind down and relax. Your child’s journey is guided every step of the way and there are affirmations aplenty for positive reinforcement.

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Available via: Apple and Android

Free version: Yes, free 2-week trial

Cost of app: $8.99/month

Best features: Feature packed, meditation app for all ages, free for schools, hospitals and child professionals  

Pros: Easy to use, cancel anytime

Cons: Need to subscribe to access unlimited meditations

You will love this app if: You have kids age 3-17 who struggle with anxiety, low self-esteem and negative thinking. The app comes with a lot of useful and fun tools to make the experience enjoyable.

Positive Penguins

Building resilience and soothing anxiety in children has never been easier or more fun thanks to apps like Positive Penguins. Four positive penguins take kids on an interactive journey to help understand feelings and think more positively. The app is built around guided meditation that is simple and easy to follow so kids can learn to sit still and relax. The bonus games provide a fun relief from the focus activities.

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Available via: Apple and Android

Free version: Yes, free to try

Cost of app: $2.49

Best features: Fun games and stories to build resilience and positive thinking

Pros: Easy to use, fun games and stories

Cons: Only the first 3 games are free,  very basic features for those who are used to paid meditation apps

You will love this app if: You have kids who struggle with anxiety and emotional issues, including anger and depression. Even kids with the shortest attention spans will enjoy the games and stories.

Mindful Powers

The award-winning Mindful Powers app puts children (ideal for ages 7 to 10) at the centre of mindfulness and emotional wellness. Kids take care of a cute creature while learning to cope more effectively with whatever stresses them out. The core of the app is repetition, with guided meditation and activities that are aimed to be a part of your child’s daily routine. It also comes with a visual Pomodoro timer to help kids focus on tasks until completion.

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Available via: Apple and Android

Free version: Yes, free to try

Cost of app: $4.99

Best features: Skill-based and evidence-based approach to coping with anxiety 

Pros: Easy to use, easy to follow sessions for younger children

Cons: Very basic features for the price, some stories might be too long

You will love this app if: You have younger kids with anxiety who have a hard time focusing, completing tasks and getting along with others. The approach is skills based, so everyone can follow along with the meditation sessions. Best for kids in early and middle childhood. 

Chill Outz

It’s frustrating when kids are unresponsive to time outs. The Chill Outz app helps parents and kids cope with stress and stay relaxed using proven techniques. Developed by a child psychologist, the app is essentially a collection of fun animated stories that teach kids to be calm and relaxed anytime, anywhere.

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Available via: Apple and Android

Free version: Yes, free to try

Cost of app: $4.99 

Best features: Easy to use, fun and colourful, teacher approved

Pros: Great for very young children (3-5 years old) and primary school  children (5-7 years)

Cons: Older kids might be bored with the simple activities

You will love this app if: You are tired of giving time outs and want a saner way to deal with unruly behaviour. This app uses various techniques like humming, focused breathing and shrugging to help overcome anxiety and panic or just get kids ready for bed.

ANTI ANXIETY APPS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS

Calm

The number one meditation app Calm is perfect for exhausted parents and anxious kids. Children who are completely new to meditation can jump right in with guided meditation sessions starting at 3 minutes long. The app helps ease anxiety with breathing activities and stretching exercises. It also helps them get ready for bed with sleep stories and relaxing music. There are hundreds of different programs available for intermediate or more advanced skill levels.

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Available via: Apple and Android

Free version: Yes, 7-day free trial

Cost of app: $59.99/annually and $299.99/lifetime

Best features: Complete meditation and anxiety coping app, integration with the Apple Health app

Pros: Easy to use, feature-packed, hundreds of meditation sessions, great for beginners and advanced users alike

Cons: Short trial period, requires consistency to be effective, interface might not appeal to younger kids

    You will love this app if: You have older kids who need help focusing, keeping calm, and interacting with others. This app is perfect for the whole family and provides all the tools you need whether you are experienced in meditation or just starting out.

    Headspace

    Like Calm, Headspace is a top meditation and happiness app with support for children. Kids will learn meditation and mindfulness through guided sessions for just a few minutes a day. The app is packed with programs that teach coping skills for anxiety, panic, stress, insomnia and more. Kids can start with the 2-3 minute mini meditations for a quick mental refresh or focus boost.

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    Available via: Apple and Android

    Free: Yes, 10-day free trial

    Cost of app: $12.99/month monthly, $7.99/month annual or $399.99/lifetime

    Best features: Offline sessions, evidence-based modern mindfulness techniques, fun animations to explain concepts to kids and novice users

    Pros: Easy to use, complete meditation and anxiety coping app for kids and beginners

    Cons: Advanced users must complete all basic sessions first

    You will love this app if: You want the whole family to get into the mindfulness habit. It’s easy for kids to join in when you take a few minutes a day doing guided meditation and other focus activities. Also great for helping kids relax after running around all day.

    Smiling Mind

    Smiling Mind was originally designed for kids and young people, so you know your kids are getting a high-quality mindfulness experience. Developed by a non-profit organisation, Smiling Mind has millions of users around the world. The biggest draw is the cost. This app is completely free and kids can access all features from the get go. Programs that deal with stress and everyday challenges are sorted into age groups (7-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years) to guide parents.

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    Available via: Apple and Android

    Free: Yes

    Cost of app: Free

    Best features: Content for kids and adults, perfect introductory app to mindfulness, progress tracking, offline mode  

    Pros: Completely free

    Cons: Users report different bugs, narration can be repetitive

    You will love this app if: You’re looking for a robust, easy to use, free app to help older kids cope with anxiety. Smiling Minds is great for the whole family, from younger kids to teens to adults who are new to meditation.

    Stop, Breathe & Think

    Last on our list of anti anxiety apps for kids: Stop, Breathe and Think is a youth-centred emotional wellness app ideal for kids (ages 5-10), teenagers and young adults. Through guided sessions and short activities, kids can check in with their feelings anytime and anywhere, learn how to be calm and stay calm and improve their focus. We’re loving the colourful illustrations that both kids and adults will find engaging.

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    Available via: Apple and Android

    Free: Free access to over 20 activities

    Cost of app: $9.99/month monthly, $4.91/month annually, $249/lifetime

    Best features: User friendly, engaging visuals, exercises tailored to emotional state

    Pros: Free 20 activities

    Cons: Need to pay for more advanced content

    You will love this app if: You have older kids who need to work on their focus and self-control, whether in the classroom, in the workplace or at home.

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