Qd2 is good. Move from the way of your f/g pawns and let them develop defensively. I'd also follow it up with f-pawn, or consider Ne5. Good intuition! Don't cut yourself short.
Qc1 is also a good choice for falling back, but perhaps not as good if you want to pursue a-c lines. Qc1's drawback is the possibility of knight putting pressure on d3 after Nb4 move, which immobilises bishop and shifts position in favour of black even further.
However, hindsight is always 20/20. Both of those positions seem very obvious when you aren't pressed for time, something I still struggle mentally.
but i don't know a damn thing about chess compared to you so i'm interested to see what you would have done if you hadn't forfeited
Hah! You gonna laugh so hard once I'll show my blunder and explain why was I even thinking it's a good idea! :D
Keeping it secret for a while longer (only a few hours most likely) to see other propositions.