There is not much need of proving to most schoolboys that holidays are necessary. They are quite convinced that they are — and most desirable, too. They welcome a holiday from school with hilarious joy and plague the headmaster on the least excuse to let them off their lessons.
It would be more in place to try to convince them of the necessity of work and study. Yet it may be desirable to show that regular intervals of rest and recreation, are really necessary. As the old rhyme says – “All work and no play, Makes Jack a dull boy”.
Holidays at proper intervals are especially necessary for young people, and for those engaged in herd mental work, for continuous work without a brake will injure the health, and may cause a nervous break-down. A short holiday, rightly used, will send us back to our work with renewed zest and vigor.
“Rightly used!” It all depends upon that. For holidays may be abused. If the holiday is spent in stupid idleness, or in an exhausting round of exciting amusements, or shut up in close stuffy rooms drinking and playing, or in any other unhealthy way, the boy or man will come back to his work tired, restless, and uninterested. In this case – The holiday, instead of doing good, has done harm,— much more harm than steady work could ever do.
How can a holiday, then, be best used, so that at the end of it we shall come back to our work with energies renewed and interest keener than ever? If we are students or have been shut up in stuffy offices, we should get away into the pure air of the country and live a healthy, open-air life, enjoying games or sports.
We should avoid unhealthy amusements, keep early hours and get plenty of refreshing sleep. And we should not be completely idle. Change of occupation is a rest. And if we have a little regular work to do, work that we take an interest in. It will make our holiday not only healthier but more enjoyable.