Glossary of Terms

Anxiety – is characterized by a state of worry, apprehension, or tension that often occurs in the absence of real or obvious danger.

Burnout – is caused by either physical exhaustion or mental distress.

Chronotype – an individual’s propensity to sleep at a particular time.

Circadian Rhythm – an internal 24 hours clock, which is responsible for your sleep/wake cycle.

Depression – experiencing transient feelings of sadness or depressed mood. 

State Anxiety – refers to an immediate psychological and physiological response to a perceived threat.

Stress – an imbalance in physiological systems that triggers physiological and behavioral responses to restore the equilibrium.

Trait Anxiety – is a personality characteristic that refers to an individual’s propensity to perceive situations as threatening.


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