We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who experience anxiety. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at [email protected].

Stress is normal in life, but if you live with an anxiety disorder, you know that it’s a lot more than just stress. Anxiety can be overwhelming at times, but it’s possible to manage it with the right tools for support.

Whether you’re seeking professional therapy or coping on your own, we’ve found the best iPhone and Android apps to help you calm your mind. Use these apps to put your anxiety into perspective, track your thought patterns, unwind with guided meditations, and more.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

This self-hypnosis app aims to help people learn techniques to relax and subconsciously have more peaceful thoughts. Donald MacKinnon, who developed the app, is a clinic-based hypnotherapy practitioner. It’s part of the iCan hypnosis method, which MacKinnon has used to help many people conquer anxiety.

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $1.99

You don’t have to see a professional to take advantage of the benefits of acupressure for anxiety. This massage technique uses your fingers to push pressure points on the body to ease body tension. Learn how to perform self-acupressure with over 90-point combinations to help relieve anxiety, pain, and other common conditions. The instructions use illustrations to show exactly where to find a pressure point and how to massage it to press away stress in your body.

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

When anxiety seems to be getting the best of you, it can wear down your energy levels. Get a good night’s sleep by playing this app as you go to sleep. The nature sounds can soothe you into a calm, relaxed state. It can be used for sleeping at night or just taking a time out during the day. Sounds include thunder, ocean waves, birds, rain, or waterfalls. Set an alarm or timer to turn off the sounds.

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Manage all of your worries with Worry Box, which helps you determine if something you’re fretting over is unimportant, important, controllable, or uncontrollable. The app features a personal diary where you can enter your worries. After classifying your worry to examine it objectively, the app gives you various techniques to help manage the apprehension.

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

If you’ve experienced panic attacks due to anxiety, this app can help you manage them. Keep a personal diary or use the panic assistance audio to help you overcome attacks. It also features relaxation audio to lower stress and relax the body. Articles cover emotional training, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Anxiety can have negative effects on the body, and that includes your sleep cycle. Without a good night’s sleep, you may become more irritable and prone to illness. This app aims to make sure you sleep well and feel refreshed each day so you can cope with all life throws at you. It doubles as an alarm clock as well as a sleep analysis tool. Using your phone, it will analyze your sleep so you can get a better idea of how to improve your rest and alleviate anxiety.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $1.99

The Meditation Oasis app aims to help you meditate so you then reduce your stress and anxiety. It features three guided meditations so you can re-center yourself as needed. It also features high-quality nature sounds to relax you, which can be played with the meditations or alone.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Use the power of distraction to ease your anxiety by tuning out stress and worry and listening to relaxing sounds. The app features 25 nature sounds as well as a soundboard with 35 sounds to mix and create your own experience. The relaxing sounds can help you unwind and meditate, sleep, or just take a time out during a busy day.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

To cope with and overcome anxiety, it often begins by looking within. Use the self-help techniques in this app to build a personal toolkit to help with your anxiety. Monitor your stress levels or triggers and connect with the community to gain support. This app can help you discover how to manage your anxiety.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with trial

That big orange circle gives us the warm fuzzies. Headspace is a great way to learn more about meditation and start a regular practice. For 10 minutes a day for 10 days, you’ll practice guided exercises and learn about meditation. Like it? Then subscribe for a monthly or annual subscription and access more meditation exercises, including ones dedicated to anxiety and depression.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Discover more about your anxiety patterns and learn how to overcome a lifestyle of worry. Log your anxieties, find out what triggers them, analyze your worries, and find out how to change the way you process stressors. This app will help you see if your initial worry was as bad as you first perceived it to be and help you get perspective.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Explore how “result-driven hypnosis” can help you get to the root of your anxiety and reduce your stress levels. Begin by selecting an area of your life that you want to improve, and follow a treatment plan of 10 sessions, for 30 minutes each. Use mindfulness and self-hypnotherapy to help overcome issues including anxiety as well as others such as bad sleep, weight gain, or low self-esteem. For full access to all the app has to offer, there’s a paid subscription option.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free, sensor purchase required

This app aims to improve emotional well-being by using insights from the Inner Balance sensor. The device connects to your earlobe and then syncs to the app to track your heart rhythm via Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Track your progress and learn more about stress relief techniques. The app provides the education and self-monitoring needed to bring your heart, mind, and emotions in alignment.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Discover what you’re feeling throughout your day to manage your anxiety levels. This app provides an easy way to log various emotions and the triggers that cause stress and anxiety. This can help you identify things that set your body into the fight-or-flight response and respond with healthy coping mechanisms that can reduce your anxiety.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

When you’re feeling apprehensive, use this app as a quick check-in tool to get perspective on your thoughts and feelings. This app offers plenty of grounding techniques and other mindfulness tips to bring you into the present. From there, you can have more power over your emotions and your body’s reactions to stress.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Use the principles of mindfulness and meditation to ease your mind and keep anxiety at bay. The serene interface is just the beginning. Once it opens, there are relaxing sounds and sleep stories. Enjoy guided meditations at various lengths to help with everything from building self-esteem to calming anxiety. Each day, subscribers will get the “Daily Calm,” which has a 10-minute program to help you welcome the day or unwind at the end of it. For access to all their programs, you must have the paid subscription.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Put the power of mindfulness to work to help ease your anxiety. Stop, Breathe & Think is free to use for the foundational meditations and you can purchase a subscription to buy more content. It also offers two options for a premium membership that will unlock 85+ premium activities and features. Track how you feel before and after meditation, and view yoga videos.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Harness the power of creativity to alleviate anxiety. Whether you’re stressed or in a full-blown panic attack, Colorfy offers a fun way to get your mind off of things. It features an augmented reality function so you can view your pictures in a real-world perspective. Need to wind down? Just color! For weekly updates, you can even subscribe to a paid plan.

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Breathe2Relax is a stress management tool that helps you learn diaphragmatic breathing. This can break that awful fight-or-flight response that so many people experience when they have a panic attack. The breathing exercises also aid in mood stabilization, anger control, and overall anxiety management. View the different areas of the body that can hold on to stress, and use breathing to let go of it.

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Sometimes, you just need someone to listen. Talk about whatever has you stressed, or chat with others dealing with anxiety disorders. This app provides a confidential place to chat. It also features more than 300 mindfulness exercises as well as access to licensed therapists. Think of it as emotional support on-demand. They also offer a premium paid subscription.