Thank you, mindfulness meditation. Without any expectations for what the future may bring, my personal practice will continue. If you're looking for me, I'll be the one focusing on sound, breath, or body, staying in the present moment, noticing how I feel and what I'm thinking, and making no judgments about whatever I find.
The effects of stress tend to be cumulative, especially with the work-a-day stress we're talking about, so yeah, morning traffic may make you edgy and more vulnerable to an insensitive email you get later on. That's why every little measure you take to smooth the spikes in your day can help build your resilience to stress.
Our bodies affect our minds as much as our minds affect our bodies. To maintain good health and wellbeing, we need to realize their interdependence and take care of both. The practice of mindfulness can help to reconnect the body with the mind, and specifically, eating mindfully can help ward off some of our autopilot stress responses related to food.