Tortoise is right, if you can control the mania, it makes the depressions less severe.
However i have found that i do better living with a mild hypomania, that helps me deal with the depression. That way i dont have to deal with meds. But that is 4 years of work to get to this point.
Reducing as much stress in your life, both external and internal will do wonders.
When im depressed, i tend to listen to music, and love up my puppy. Plus i try to do some common household chores to just feel like im not a complete waste. LOL LOL LOL
"If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade" "It isn't my fault that i am BiPolar, It is my responsibility how i treat it so that i don't hurt others or myself." Happy Bill
"Pain comes from wanting things to be different then what they actually are. Peace comes from accepting what is for what it is. Acceptance is the path i follow to peace"