Escaping “negative” emotions by doing other distracting things does not really help. Hence, I have made it a practice to meditate everyday whenever sadness, anger, loneliness, anxiety, or any other paralyzing emotion is present. When I isolate myself for a little too long I sometimes tend to attract those unwanted emotions. Whenever this happens, I sit down to calm down my mind and recenter my breath.
I am sure you’ve been there too. Here’s a video I’ve done on the topic a long time ago. I often have to remind myself of the very things I teach and apply them myself. Meditation takes a very long time to master, and I plan on mastering it eventually.