Last night I had horrible nightmares [seriously] about not being able to compress a bassline properly. Specifically I was using a hardware 1176 (which I've never owned or used in real life) to level out some mountains in Minecraft (which I don't play) but they kept pushing up.
Something is not right about this. When you start dreaming about Limiters and Mix Problems (and actually being stressed about it) its time to just f*cking stop.
I'm thinking of not doing anything musically related for a WHILE. Like, some weeks...
i haven't had dreams like that but i have a hard time stepping back from something in general. i always have to get everything perfect. it's just unnecessary to get that intensely focused on something, it won't make your music any better.
if one aspect starts getting draining, switch to a different one.
if mixing is taxing you, then drop it and just write lyrics for a while...if composing is taxing, maybe switch to 'discovery' mode and find some new artists / music that resonates with you...if all that shit is taxing, then just switch to sound design and focus on making some new sounds; there's a lot of spokes on the wheel.
Interesting, I cant say I've had any music dreams to that extent, BUT I have focused entirely TOO much on certain aspects when mixing my own ish, Just knock things out follow your gut and move on, I'm personally a perfectionist at times but that can also be crippling....good luck comrade