The word I'm looking for is for calming somebody down

Like this Example

If you want to relax, you should make your problems look small(er) in your mind.

  • minify your problems
  • minimize your problems
  • belittle your problems

I don't think any of them are correct

what's the proper word for stating this sentence?

  • The best single word I can think of is reduce, but you might be better off not using a single word, but using an entire phrase to explain exactly what it is you want the reader to do. (By the way, in common usage, to belittle really means something more like "to insult" than "to make small".)
    – stangdon
    Dec 13, 2016 at 15:07
  • @stangdon actually, the problem is big but you have to gain the skill to make it small in your mind . I think reduce means reduce the number of problems you have by doing sth but here you can't do anything about it. It's more of a mind skill.
    – Masih K
    Dec 13, 2016 at 15:15
  • It's a bit awkward because we're dealing with changing the subject's perceptions of the problems, not changing anything about the problems themselves, and any word will have to reflect that. "Deemphasize" might work, but I still don't think that quite gets at what you want.
    – Upper_Case
    Dec 13, 2016 at 15:15
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    You should think less of your problems. Dec 13, 2016 at 16:04
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    @SovereignSun - "Think less of" isn't bad, but I would rephrase it as "think less about your problems", because "think less of" has the idiomatic meaning of "not respect as much" or "have a worse opinion of".
    – stangdon
    Dec 13, 2016 at 17:28

2 Answers 2


"put in perspective", e.g. "If you step back and get a better perspective, you'll see the real size of your problems, which are probably smaller than they seem right now"

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    While this doesn't quite answer the question, it is a good way to express the same meaning.
    – Andrew
    Dec 13, 2016 at 18:36

If you want to relax you shouldn't focus on your problems.


you should palliate your issues.

The second one only kind of works.

  • Could you edit your post and explain your suggestions? What do they mean and how do they differ from the OP? Some dictionaries entries could be helpful too.
    – Em.
    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:56

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