Janette Manrara cuts down on drinking ‘a lot’ after opening up on baby plans with Aljaz

Strictly: Janette Manrara discusses starting a family

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Janette Manrara, 37, is doing a wellbeing course, focusing on positive psychology and self-growth during lockdown three. The dancer reflected on the habits she has changed with husband Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Janette said she thought she’d be “fine” taking a break from work commitments in lockdown one, but soon realised she wasn’t.

Due to this, the dancer began to focus on self-care and has since studied and provided tips on how to maintain a good mental wellbeing during the difficult time on Instagram.

Speaking about her changes, she began by saying people will have “a lot of self-realisation about themselves” after lockdown, both good and bad.

The dancer went on to say she had refrained from drinking at home and hopes to stick to her new routine when lockdown measures are eased.

To also improve her mindset, the Strictly star said she no longer looks at her phone in the morning or compares herself to others on social media.

“I hope I can contain, not this new way of living, but this new awareness of myself and the things I didn’t like about myself,” she said.

“There were a lot of things… I drank a lot, I love a drink. I’m not going to sit here and say I don’t drink.

“I love a glass of wine. I am a vodka and slimline tonic kind of girl, I love Patron shots.

“But I realised I drank a lot just because I needed that release,” she added on the Mindful Moments with Rose podcast.

Janette went on to say she would go for drinks socially in the week, especially after a show.

“I would go for a drink until late in the evening and then I would feel horrible for two days but still carry on,” she explained.

Insisting this was no longer the case, she added: “I feel like now Aljaz and I are not big drinkers, we’re not the kind of people who sit at home and have a glass of wine together.

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“We both realised we only like drinking socially.

“In lockdown, I can count on one hand these last few months how many times I’ve had a drink.

“We just don’t do it and I thought I need to carry this forward before I start getting busy again because I feel better, I have more clarity in my thoughts.

“I’m not going to stop drinking that’s for sure but I’ll slow it down.”

Last month, Janette also spoke out about her baby plans with Aljaz, who she married in 2017.

Speaking on BBC Morning Live, she admitted the decision to have children was “scary” but realised there was no right time for a baby.

“It’s very scary being a dancer, my body is kind of my tool,” she explained.

“It’s what I use. And Aljaz and I, we dance and work and do everything together so you think about it, when I fall pregnant, that’s fifty percent of the team gone.

“So, it’s a real big decision and it’s a scary decision to make.”

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