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It’s been a stressful few months. Every time a Republican made a rape comment, Grist’s collective blood pressure went higher than a Coloradoan on election night. Now that the elections are over, we can all go back to fretting about greening every aspect of our lives, right? Wrong, says Umbra. She tells a sustainability-obsessed reader to chill the frack out. It’s important to care about green causes, but if you’re considering finding a support group, it’s probably time to take it down a notch. After all, ulcers are never green.

Read Umbra’s whole column on environmental stress right here.

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