The moment you turn it all off–the phone, the TV, the noise, the distractions–you are opening a floodgate. This floodgate is holding back all of the things that are too hard to deal with on the fly, the truths we don't like to hear, the decisions we'd like to forget, and the decisions we are putting off because we are afraid.
In order to deal with the really messy stuff, that which takes hours, days, or years to figure out, you need to keep that space open and keep that moment still. Watching cat videos or exploring pin boards are just a crutch for not letting the bigness take over. That's one reason why long drives by yourself end up becoming so deep and meditative.
Whenever it feels really empty and quiet, that's when you are at your most vulnerable, because it's just you and your thoughts. That's also when you typically reach for the distractions to give you some white noise. Don't. Let yourself feel the rush right now, because you'll have to deal with it eventually. The longer you keep those floodgates closed the more you risk that rush becoming a disaster.