Danny was living in a small house with five other people, and the stress was getting to him. He went to the town elder to ask for advice.
"Buy a goat", said the town elder, "and let it live in your apartment. If that doesn't help, come see me again in a month."
A month later, Danny came back and said "now I've got six people and a goat in my tiny apartment, and I'm more stressed than ever before!"
"Get rid of the goat", said the town elder.
And Danny was no longer stressed.
The phrase "getting rid of the goat" is quite common in Israel (להיפטר מן העז in Hebrew) to mean returning to a lower level of stress from a higher level, and thereby feeling less stressed by comparison. Is there a similar saying or tale in American English?