7 of the Best Apps to Help You Stay Calm Before Exams

7 of the Best Apps to Help Stay Calm before Your Exams_Credit: Max van den oetelaar

For many people, the lead up to exam day can be very stressful even when they’ve put all the study hours in. To help you stay relaxed, here are 7 of the best apps.

This anxiety can make it difficult to stay focused and calm when it comes to sitting the exam.   

To help you beat exam stress and stay relaxed, here are 8 of the best apps you can use.

1) Headspace


With over 30 million downloads worldwide,  Headspace is one of the best apps that can help you remain calm.

This popular meditation app offers a free 10-part basic course that focuses on mindfulness. It makes use of special animations to enhance meditation.

The app also provides short meditation sessions, usually between 3 to 10 minutes and themed sessions to deal with panic, stress, and anxiety.

The app allows you to add your friends for meditation and motivation. You can save your favourites for later access when you are offline. The app’s  blog also has several useful ideas on meditations too. You can get the app from the  Appstore or  Google Playstore.

2) Stop, breathe and think

Stop, breathe and think

Whenever you are about to panic or feel anxious, do three simple things - stop, breathe, and think - have always been effective.

This emotional wellness app will ask you to describe your feelings and mood. Using the information you provide, the app will recommend something that suits you. It could be guided meditations or even yoga.

Using the app helps you develop a habit of taking a moment to think about the current situation you are in. It is worth noting that the app has won the People’s Voice as well as the Webby Award. Considering what the app offers, it is not hard to see why it has excellent ratings.

The recommended activities and sessions help you clear your head and remain calm. For the free version, you get 30 free ten-minute activities, although you can up the number of activities you have access to by getting the premium version. 

The  premium subscription costs $5.91 monthly and is available on both Android and  iOS platforms.

3) Happify


As the name suggests, this app is geared towards making you feel happy and stress-relieved!

Happify covers positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. The app offers games aimed at relieving stress, motivational articles, and audio tracks from psychology experts. 

It’s available on both  Android and  iOS platforms at no cost. However, you will need to pay a fee to get access to some extra features.

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4) Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle
Getting good sleep is essential and vital in having a productive day. During exam season, you can hardly have a night of good sleep. 

More often than not, your schedule revolves around discussions and revision with only a few hours set aside for rest, not to mention cups of coffee you gulp down during those nights.

Most people go by this routine to a point where they forget sleep is just as important. The  Sleep Cycle application ensures you don’t compromise your sleep schedule. You can set your wake-up phase anywhere between 10 to 90 minutes.  The app will then wake you up as soon as it detects light sleep.

It uses your phone’s accelerometer to track movements through which it knows whether you are deep asleep or otherwise. As a general rule, your body is less likely to move when you are deep asleep.

Sleep cycle helps you have a fresh day after enough rest. It is available on  Google Playstore and  Apple App Store.

5) Calm


Calm offers guided meditation sessions that can help you overcome tension and stress. In addition, you also get access to unguided timed meditation sessions.

The app provides you with breathing exercises as well to help you stay calm. You get to choose your favourite relaxing sound from the assorted range available.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced user, Calm has something for you. The app recently added a check-in feature through which you can express your feelings over the day.

With an updated home screen, it is even easier to access your meditations. The app is available at a yearly subscription fee of $69.99 or a lifetime plan at $399.99. You can download the app for  your Android or  iOS device.

Read more: 8 of the Best Apps for Effective Study

6) 7 Cups

7 Cups

Therapy is either expensive, time-consuming, or sometimes, both. 7 Cups app allows you to have a ‘therapy’ session with experts and trained listeners at no cost.

For those who prefer talking out their issues, 7 Cups is ideal. If you are burdened with the exam load, take a break and talk to someone who will help you relax.

Perhaps the most significant upside of this app is that you will have the session anonymously and at a time of your choosing. You also get to select your listeners depending on their background and experience. 

It provides you with a personalized, safe space to share out your issues regarding exams and classwork. You can get the app on the  Appstore or on  Google Play.

7) Colorfy


This app provides you with flowing shapes and patterns for you to colour. Through these activities, you can easily clear up your head and stay sharp. Colouring has proved to be an effective relaxation technique not only for children but also for adults.

You can also add your drawing to the rich collection the app provides. The app can be used offline, and you can share the drawings with other platforms. With a unique augmented reality virtually gallery, you get to see your drawings in a real-world setting.

The app is free on Google Play and the App Store but contains additional in-app purchases.


Exams are almost always overwhelming. However, with these apps, you can unwind and destress before you sit for them. 

All you need to do is find the app that makes use of the method or technique you prefer, and you will be set.

It doesn’t matter if it’s meditation, yoga, breathing, or colouring; one of the apps above should have you covered.

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