iCan: Anxiety Free

LQ: 8.1


Brain grade: 9.2
Fun score: 7.0

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Anxiety Free is an audio app designed to help users relax through guided meditation. The application mainly consists of recordings of hypnotherapist Donald MacKinnon, who quietly encourages users to practice his relaxation techniques, beginning with a guided story. Users are given techniques for self-relaxation and encouraged to use the application a few times a week in order to relieve stress and anxiety. This application contains no inappropriate content, but does require around thirty minutes of free time to use. Due to the apps simplicity and ease of use, it is recommended to users ages 6 and up.

This App is good for kids who need help with:


Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors. Managing anger and frustration.

Anxiety Free is a guided meditation app which encourages users to become more in-tune with their thoughts and feelings. The application -- which consists of a series of relaxing recordings -- contains suggestions for achieving relief from anxiety and stress. Users may also find that in a deepened state of relaxation the causes of their anxiety and stress to not seem as overwhelming, important, or all-consuming. The app's guided relaxation can work to make users understand how their thoughts and feelings effect them physically and mentally and what techniques may help alleviate negative feelings.


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Guided meditation and relaxation can help users explore new ways to gain a sense of ease and well-being. The audio recordings are designed to alleviate tension and teach users the necessary skills to overcome anxious and stressful feelings. Donald MacKinnon guides users on their journey of relaxation, and provides various tips, strategies, and suggestions for maintaining a positive and stress-free state of mind. Users will find that, when these techniques are adapted into their lifestyle, they often can help them to think in new and potentially more positive ways. Keeping an open mind and allowing room for new modes of thinking are both positive steps in relieving anxiety and stress.


Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Anxiety Free requires around thirty minutes to complete. Users are encouraged to be comfortable and alone during the session to ensure minimal to no interruptions. The app not only requires users to focus on the quiet audio recordings, but teaches techniques for concentrating on positive and relaxing thoughts. The app's creator, Donald MacKinnon, is an experienced hypnotherapist who helps users achieve a sustained state of calm and relaxation through guided mediation. The relaxation session teaches users to practice concentrating and sustaining their attention on the speaker's voice and descriptions to achieve the desired results.

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