Synonyms ease (to make a bad situation or pain less severe): This pill will ease the pain of your arm.
soothe (to make a pain or bad feeling less severe): Do you have also something to soothe my sore throat?
relieve (to remove or reduce pain or unpleasant feelings): Daily meditation generally is the best way to relieve stress.
alleviate (to make something bad less severe): The government will take steps soon to alleviate poverty.
lighten (to make a difficult situation easier): We have even more equipment to lighten the load of domestic work.